Meeting Joseph Grinnell

Barbara R. Stein

in On Her Own Terms

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2001 | ISBN: 9780520227262
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520926387 | DOI:
Meeting Joseph Grinnell

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This chapter studies Alexander's plans for a second Alaskan expedition, which had a more extensive scientific scope than her first, and her meeting with Joseph Grinnell. Grinnell was a virtual unknown outside the world of evolutionary and conservation biology, but his seminal publications on ecology, systematic collections management of vertebrate taxa, conservation, ecology, speciation, and geographic variation are still frequently cited today. The chapter studies his letter on the intricacies of conducting fieldwork in the arctic wilderness and the things Alexander could do to make her expedition very useful to science. It moves on to a description of the Alaskan landscape, and notes Alexander's reservations about one of her companions, Allen Hasselborg. While Alexander was ultimately disappointed that the expedition was unable to cover more ground, she began a frequent and regular correspondence with Grinnell.

Keywords: Alaskan expedition; Joseph Grinnell; seminal publications; evolutionary biology; conservation biology; fieldwork; arctic wilderness; Allen Hasselborg; Alaskan landscape

Chapter.  5508 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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