Since 1985 Barry Rice has been growing bizarre plants from every genus thought to be carnivorous (except Triphyophyllum), and has produced many noteworthy carnivorous plant cultivars. His photographs and articles have appeared in many journals and newspapers. Barry says of his book "I included materials that I would have wanted in a carnivorous plant book when I was starting my adventure of interest in carnivorous plants. Also, it contains ruminations that should be interesting to the more advanced carnivorous plant horticulturist."
Born in Oak Park, Illinois in 1963, Barry received his undergraduate degree in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a PhD in Astronomy from the University of Arizona. He is the editor of Carnivorous Plant Newsletter, the publication of the International Carnivorous Plant Society, and is also that organization's Director of Conservation Programs. Barry is a member of the IUCN's Specialist Groups in Carnivorous Plants and North American Plants, and encourages plant enthusiasts to support only nurseries that do not collect their stock from the field. His Web site is a rich supplement to his book, offering relevant resources, organizations, a complete guide to terrarium building, and a link to suppliers who agree with a basic conservation statement.
Barry currently works at The Nature Conservancy in its Global Invasive Species Initiative. Fascinated most by observing carnivorous plants in the wild, Barry frequently travels throughout the U.S. and uses the opportunities to seek out and photograph these plants.