Peter Francis Timothy Zika (b. November
Michigan) is an American
Zika was born the oldest of four children to Vaclav Jan Zika from the Czech
Republic, an MIT
engineer, and Countess Krystyna Helena Dunin from Poland.
Two of his great-grandfathers were Rodryg
Dunin, Polish agriculturalist,
Werner, Polish vice-Finance Minister.
He received his undergraduate degree in botany at the University
of Vermont in 1983, where he began documenting and improving collections of
the Vermont flora. His original interest was in the alpine flora -- according to
the University of Vermont website, he was the first person since Cyrus
Pringle in the 19th century to certify the occurrence of many of the rarer
species at high altitudes in Vermont, and there are several thousand sheets of
mounted Zika material in the "Peter F. Zika Collection" at the Pringle
Zika is currently a botanist at the University
of Washington in Seattle,
conducting research on how plants lure animals into dispersing their seeds. In
the Pacific Northwest he conducts botanical inventories of National Parks and
Nature Conservancy preserves, studies interactions between noxious weeds and
native wildlife, and teaches wetland plant identification. He also often serves
as a ship.s naturalist on various expeditions, which has enabled him to study
the plantlife of other regions from Antarctica
to the Amazon
Zika has published more than 80 scientific notes, articles and books,
- Zika, Peter and Jenkins, Jerry. The Waterfalls, Cascades and Gorges of
Vermont, 1988, Agency of Natural Resources. ASIN B00071FAWA
- Zika, Peter F., ed. 1990. New York rare plant status list. Latham,
NY: New York Natural Heritage Program. 30 p.
- Zika, Peter F. and Jenkins, Jerry C. Purple Mountain Saxifrage
- New to New York State, March 1992, New York Flora Association Newsletter. 
- Jenkins, J. & Zika, P. F. 1995. Contributions to the flora of
Vermont. Rhodora 97: 291-327.
- Zika, P. F. and E. R. Alverson. 1996. Ferns new to the Wallowa
Mountains, Oregon. American Fern Journal 86:61-64.
- Kaye, T. N., R. J. Meinke, J. Kagan, S. Vrilakas, K. L. Chambers, P. F.
Zika and J. K. Nelson. 1997. Patterns of rarity in the Oregon flora:
implications for conservation and management. pp. 1-10 in Kaye, T. N.,
A. Liston, R. M. Love, D. L. Luoma, R. J. Meinke, and M. V. Wilson, editors.
Conservation and Management of Native Flora and Fungi. Native Plant
Society of Oregon, Corvallis, OR.
- Zika, P. F. 1997. Spirodella polyrhiza. p. 196 in Cooke, S. S.,
editor. A Field Guide to the Common Wetland Plants of Western Washington
and Northwestern Oregon. Seattle Audubon Society and Washington Native
Plant Society, Seattle.
- Zika, P. F., K. Kuykendall, and B. Wilson. 1998. Carex
a new species from the Klamath Mountains of Oregon and California. MadroZo
- Zika, Peter F. The native subspecies of Juncus
in western North America, April 2003, Brittonia pages 150.156. 
- A Checklist of Vascular Plants of Crater Lake National Park, Oregon,
Park Service, 
- Zika is the great-great-grandnephew of Eduard
Strasburger, the 19th century Polish-German botanist
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