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Adventures in the wild : tales from biologists of the natural state / edited by Joy Trauth and Aldemaro Romero.

Contributor(s): Trauth, Joy, 1952- | Romero Díaz, Aldemaro.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Fayetteville : University of Arkansas Press, 2008Description: viii, 182 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9781557288721 (pbk. : alk. paper); 1557288720 (pbk. : alk. paper).Subject(s): Biology -- Fieldwork -- Anecdotes | Arkansas State University. Dept. of Biological Sciences -- Officials and employees -- Anecdotes | Biologists -- Arkansas -- AnecdotesDDC classification: 570.72/3
Contents:
Poisonous plants, purple paint, and pot / Staria Vanderpool -- Nobody's dolphins / Aldemaro Romero -- Into the black water / Alan Christian and John Harris -- Face to face and nose to shoulder / Thomas Risch -- Orca threaten, toss them the dog / Richard Grippo -- Hold that pose, please / Stanley Trauth -- Rooting for new medicines / Fabricio Medina-Bolívar -- Search for the lost Pecos gambusia / James Bednarz -- Thanksgiving dinner with memories of the Ozarks / Tanja McKay -- Sir David Attenborough visits Arkansas / Stanley Trauth -- Cave biology : it's not a job, it's an adventure / Aldemaro Romero -- Just floatin' around Carriacou / Richard Grippo -- The hunt for public germs / David Gilmore -- The Sears Craftsman wooden-handled, four-pronged potato rake / Stanley Trauth -- Kind of blue : it's all about the name / Staria Vanderpool.
Summary: "The true tales in this collection will take readers from the chicken houses of Arkansas to the caves of Venezuela and Mexico to the coast of Alaska. These fifteen adventures range from amusing to life threatening. Some are filled with suspense and danger in exotic places, while others document more routine but important biological field and lab work."--[back cover].
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

"The true tales in this collection will take readers from the chicken houses of Arkansas to the caves of Venezuela and Mexico to the coast of Alaska. These fifteen adventures range from amusing to life threatening. Some are filled with suspense and danger in exotic places, while others document more routine but important biological field and lab work."--[back cover].

Poisonous plants, purple paint, and pot / Staria Vanderpool -- Nobody's dolphins / Aldemaro Romero -- Into the black water / Alan Christian and John Harris -- Face to face and nose to shoulder / Thomas Risch -- Orca threaten, toss them the dog / Richard Grippo -- Hold that pose, please / Stanley Trauth -- Rooting for new medicines / Fabricio Medina-Bolívar -- Search for the lost Pecos gambusia / James Bednarz -- Thanksgiving dinner with memories of the Ozarks / Tanja McKay -- Sir David Attenborough visits Arkansas / Stanley Trauth -- Cave biology : it's not a job, it's an adventure / Aldemaro Romero -- Just floatin' around Carriacou / Richard Grippo -- The hunt for public germs / David Gilmore -- The Sears Craftsman wooden-handled, four-pronged potato rake / Stanley Trauth -- Kind of blue : it's all about the name / Staria Vanderpool.

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CHOICE Review

The stereotypical caricature of the biologist with the bright white lab coat, safety goggles, and beakers full of mysterious colored liquids is cast aside in this book that chronicles the scientific adventures of the biology faculty at Arkansas State University. Trauth and Romero, both faculty at Arkansas State, have assembled what amounts to a scientific travelogue of sorts. From the seemingly benign adventures of studying anticancer agents in medicinal plants, to the nail-biting accounts of exploring blind cave fish, there is a story here that will interest readers of all levels and backgrounds. The chapter on black-water diving in the Cache River comes complete with stories of mysterious "monsters," pesky alligators, and "Mardi Gras Hallucinations." This book will appeal to any biologist who has ever sat around a table with colleagues and exchanged entertaining stories related to his/her work. The true value-added nature of the volume may be in its potential use as an advising tool. Any faculty member who has ever been asked "What do biologists do?" will want to have a copy of this work. The book not only represents a diverse cross-section of the discipline, but it reflects the adventurous nature of science in a way that is both educational and entertaining. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. J. A. Hewlett Finger Lakes Community College

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Joy Trauth is an instructor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. Aldemaro Romero is professor and chair of the department.

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