The book is about the vertebrates of southern California and the plant communities they live in: who arethey, how are they related, where do they live, and how do they survive. It underscores the importance of natural history, and explores important topics not usually in field guides, such as on evolution, reproduction, predation, and human impact.
Gregory K. Pregill is a life-long Californian born in Pasadena, California. He received a Bachelor's degree from Baylor University (1968), a Master's degree from San Diego State University (1975), and a PhD from University of Kansas (1979). After finishing his schooling he was a Postdoctoral Fellow, United States National Museum Smithsonian Institution (1980-81) and became the Curator and Chairman of he Department of Herpetology at the San Diego Natural History Museum (1981-93). He left the Museum to become Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of San Diego (1993-2016) and is now retired. Among his many publications, he was the co-editor of a foundational reference - Phylogenetic Relationships of the Lizard Families (1988, Stanford Univ Press).