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Leopold's Shack and Ricketts's Lab

Michael Lannoo

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780520264786
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520946064 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520264786.001.0001
Leopold's Shack and Ricketts's Lab

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Aldo Leopold and Edward F. Ricketts are giants in the history of environmental awareness. They were born ten years and only about 200 miles apart and died within weeks of each other in 1948. Yet they never met and they didn't read each other's work. This book reveals the full extent of their profound and parallel influence both on science and our perception of the natural world today. It shows how deeply these two ecological luminaries influenced the emergence both of environmentalism and conservation biology. In particular, it looks closely at how they each derived their ideas about the possible future of humanity based on their understanding of natural communities. Leopold and Ricketts both believed that humans cannot place themselves above earth's ecosystems and continue to survive. In light of climate change, invasive species, and collapsing ecosystems, their most important shared idea emerges as a powerful key to the future.

Keywords: Aldo Leopold; Edward F. Ricketts; environmental awareness; environmentalism; conservation biology; natural world; ecosystems; climate change; invasive species

Book.  216 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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Out of the Midwest in Leopold's Shack and Ricketts's Lab

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From Forester to Professor in Leopold's Shack and Ricketts's Lab

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From Businessman to Sage in Leopold's Shack and Ricketts's Lab

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<i>Game Management</i> in Leopold's Shack and Ricketts's Lab

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<i>Between Pacific Tides</i> in Leopold's Shack and Ricketts's Lab

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The Shack in Leopold's Shack and Ricketts's Lab

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The Lab in Leopold's Shack and Ricketts's Lab

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A Sand County Almanac in Leopold's Shack and Ricketts's Lab

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