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Landscapes and Labscapes

Robert E. Kohler

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780226450094
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226450117 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226450117.001.0001
Landscapes and Labscapes

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What is it like to do field biology in a world that exalts experiments and laboratories? How have field biologists assimilated laboratory values and practices, and crafted an exact, quantitative science without losing their naturalist souls? This book explores the people, places, and practices of field biology in the United States from the 1890s to the 1950s. The author takes readers into the fields and forests where field biologists learned to count and measure nature and to read the imperfect records of “nature's experiments.” He shows how field researchers use nature's particularities to develop “practices of place” that achieve in nature what laboratory researchers can only do with simplified experiments. Using historical frontiers as models, the author shows how biologists created vigorous new border sciences of ecology and evolutionary biology.

Keywords: field biology; laboratory values; laboratory practice; quantitative science; naturalism; practices of place; ecology; evolutionary biology

Book.  342 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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Borders and History in Landscapes and Labscapes

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A New Natural History in Landscapes and Labscapes

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Border Crossings in Landscapes and Labscapes

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Taking Nature's Measure in Landscapes and Labscapes

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Experiments in Nature in Landscapes and Labscapes

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Troubled Lives in Landscapes and Labscapes

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Nature's Experiments in Landscapes and Labscapes

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Border Practices in Landscapes and Labscapes

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Border Biology: A Transect in Landscapes and Labscapes

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