Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780226580890 Will Publish July 2018
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This Land Is Your Land

The Story of Field Biology in America

Michael J. Lannoo

This Land Is Your Land

Michael J. Lannoo

304 pages | 46 halftones, 9 line drawings, 1 table | 6 x 9 | © 2018
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780226580890 Will Publish July 2018
Cloth $90.00 ISBN: 9780226358475 Will Publish July 2018
E-book $30.00 ISBN: 9780226358505 Will Publish July 2018
Field biology is enjoying a resurgence due to several factors, the most important being the realization that there is no ecology, no conservation, and no ecosystem restoration without an understanding of the basic relationships between species and their environments—an understanding gleaned only through field-based natural history. With this resurgence, modern field biologists find themselves asking fundamental existential questions such as: Where did we come from? What is our story? Are we a part of a larger legacy? In This Land Is Your Land, seasoned field biologist Michael J. Lannoo answers these questions and more in a tale rooted in the people and institutions of the Midwest. It is a story told from the ground up, a rubber boot-based natural history of field biology in America.

Lannoo illuminates characters such as John Wesley Powell, William Temple Hornaday, and Olaus and Adolph Murie—homegrown, Midwestern field biologists who either headed east to populate major research centers or went west to conduct their fieldwork along the frontier. From the pioneering work of Victor Shelford, Henry Chandler Cowles, and Aldo Leopold to contemporary insights from biologists such as Jim Furnish and historians such as William Cronon, Lannoo’s unearthing of American—and particularly Midwestern—field biologists reveals how these scientists influenced American ecology, conservation biology, and restoration ecology, and in turn drove global conservation efforts through environmental legislation and land set asides. This Land Is Your Land reveals the little-known legacy of Midwestern field biologists, whose ethos and discoveries have enabled us to preserve and understand not just their land, but all lands.
Review Quotes
Marty Crump, author of "Eye of Newt and Toe of Frog, Adder’s Fork and Lizard’s Leg"
“An original, absolutely fascinating book. Lannoo has given us an extraordinary gift: the inspirational story of one hundred and fifty years’ worth of field biology in North America and what the ideas and actions of hardworking, brilliant biologists (many with charismatic, dominant personalities) has meant to the world—a global network of natural areas and environmental protection legislation. I predict This Land Is Your Land will be a classic narrative of American field biology far into the future.”
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