Editorial Director, Sciences, Social Sciences, and Reference
Subjects: Life sciences (behavior, conservation, ecology, environment, evolution, natural history, paleobiology); geography; earth sciences
Series: Interspecific Interactions, Summits: Environmental Science, Law, and Policy, Humboldt in English, Theoretical Astrophysics, Chicago Lectures in Mathematics, Chicago Studies in Linguistics
I acquire new manuscripts and copublications for general readers, specialists, and students in the life sciences writ large. I joined the Press in 1993, after a brief stint in the editorial department of the Chicago Tribune and an undergraduate education at Dartmouth College. Within the sciences, I have had the pleasure of focusing primarily on the fields of behavioral ecology, botany, conservation biology, ecology, evolutionary biology, marine biology, paleobiology, primatology, and natural history (both illustrated and regional), and have been pursuing more recently gardening as well as illustrated natural history. Recent highlights from my acquisitions program include The Oldest Living Things in the World, Plankton, The Book of Beetles, Infested: How The Bed Bug Infiltrated our Bedrooms and Took Over the World, The Cultural Lives of Whales and Dolphins, Elephant Don: The Politics of A Pachyderm Posse, How Animals Grieve, Weeds of North America, Remarkable Plants, Bats: A World of Science and Mystery, The Biology of Reefs and Reef Organisms, Relentless Evolution, The Life of a Leaf, and Gems and Gemstones, now also an ipad app.
I am lucky in these pursuits to have the collaboration of Logan Ryan Smith, Editorial Associate.