JUNAK, Steve

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Botanist Steve Junak
Botanist Steve Junak on Santa Rosa Island

JUNAK, Steve (b. 1949), Channel Islands botanist and herbarium curator at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden from 1976 to present. His publications include floras of Santa Barbara Island (revised), San Nicolas and Santa Cruz islands, with floras of other California Channel Islands in progress.


In 1994 Steve Junak became member #6 of the All 8+ Club of the Santa Cruz Island Foundation. In addition to the eight California Channel Islands, he has visited the following islands in bold on the Club's expanded list of Alta and Baja California islands:

ALL EIGHT PLUS:

  • Rincon Island (man-made Channel Island)
  • Farallones
  • Año Nuevo
  • Islas Coronado
  • Islas Todos Santos
  • Isla San Martin
  • Isla San Geronimo
  • Isla Guadalupe
  • Islas San Benito
  • Isla Cedros
  • Isla Natividad
  • Isla Asuncion


NOTE: Extraordinary "Islands" and Islets, but not named offshore rocks, include:

  • Sutil Island, Santa Barbara Island
  • Prince Island, San Miguel Island
  • Gull Island, Santa Cruz Island
  • Islote Afuera, Isla Guadalupe [aka Islote Zapato]
  • Islote Adentro, Isla Guadalupe [aka Islote Toro]
  • Islote Bernal, Isla Guadalupe
  • Islote Negro, Isla Guadalupe




  • 1993. Junak, Steve et al. A Revised Flora of Santa Barbara Island in Santa Barbara Island, Santa Cruz Island Foundation Occasional Paper #6, 1993, pp. 54-112
[original in SCIF archives]


  • 1995. Junak, Steve et al. Flora of Santa Cruz Island, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, 1995
[original in SCIF archives]


  • 1996. Junak, Steve A History of Botanical Exploration and Discovery on Santa Rosa Island Island of the Cowboys, Santa Rosa Island, Santa Cruz Island Foundation Occasional Paper #7, 1996, pp. 168-191
[original in SCIF archives]



  • 2007. Junak, Steve, D. Knapp, J.R. Haller, Ralph Philbrick, A. Schoenherr, and T. Keeler-Wolf. 2007. The California Channel Islands. Pp. 229-252 IN: M. Barbour, T. Keeler-Wolf, and A. Schoenherr (Editors). Terrestrial Vegetation of California (Third Edition). University of California Press, Berkeley, CA. , D. Knapp, J.R. Haller, R. Philbrick, A. Schoenherr, and T. Keeler-Wolf. 2007. The California Channel Islands. Pp. 229-252 IN: M. Barbour, T. Keeler-Wolf, and A. Schoenherr (Editors). Terrestrial Vegetation of California (Third Edition). University of California Press, Berkeley, CA.
[original in SCIF archives]


  • 2008. Junak, Steve A Flora of San Nicolas Island, California Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, 2008
[original in SCIF archives]


  • 2009. Drost, Charles and Junak, Steve Colonizers, Waifs, and Stowaways: Arrival of New Plant Species on Santa Barbara Island over a 30-Year Period. Pp. 215-228 IN: D. Garcelon and C. Damiani (Editors). Proceedings of the Seventh California Islands Symposium, Oxnard, California, February 5-8, 2008. Institute for Wildlife Studies, Arcata, CA.
[original in SCIF archives]


  • 2017 Junak, Steve Early Botanical Personalities of the Channel Islands Fremontia 45(3):12-17, 2017
[original in SCIF archives]