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Knowing Global Environments brings together nine leading scholars whose work spans a variety of environmental and field sciences, including archaeology, agriculture, botany, climatology, ecology, evolutionary biology, oceanography, ornithology, and tidology.

Collectively their essays explore the history of the field sciences, through the lens of place, practice, and the production of scientific knowledge, with a wide-ranging perspective extending outwards from the local to regional, national, imperial, and global scales. The book also shows what the history of the field sciences can contribute to environmental history-especially how knowledge in the field sciences has intersected with changing environments-and addresses key present-day problems related to sustainability, such as global climate, biodiversity, oceans, and more.

Contributors to Knowing Global Environments reveal how the field sciences have interacted with practical economic activities, such as forestry, agriculture, and tourism, as well as how the public has been involved in the field sciences, as field assistants, students, and local collaborators.

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Editorial Reviews

Environmental History
"A valuable contribution to the growing dialogue between historians of science and environmental historians. We have under one cover a fascinating compendium of theses and their environmental implications."
Choice
"Anyone who wants to learn about or contribute to the history of field sciences will find much to ponder in these provocative, well-documented essays. Recommended."
Indiana University

"Knowing Global Environments thoroughly recasts our understanding of the field sciences by embedding them in environmental history, political economy, and a deepening public involvement. Each case study is a gem, rich in detail and conceptually provocative.

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— Tom Gieryn

Florida State University

"The chapters in this rare volume soar to the heights of mountains and plunge into the depths of the oceans while asserting the significance of a spatial orientation within the history of science and environmental history."

— Frederick R. Davis

Indiana University - Tom Gieryn
"Knowing Global Environments thoroughly recasts our understanding of the field sciences by embedding them in environmental history, political economy, and a deepening public involvement. Each case study is a gem, rich in detail and conceptually provocative.

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Florida State University - Frederick R. Davis
"The chapters in this rare volume soar to the heights of mountains and plunge into the depths of the oceans while asserting the significance of a spatial orientation within the history of science and environmental history."
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Meet the Author

JEREMY VETTER is an assistant professor of history at the University of Arizona.
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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables

Acknowledgments

Introduction Jeremy Vetter Vetter, Jeremy 1

One From the Oceans to the Mountains: Spatial Science in an Age of Empire Michael S. Reidy Reidy, Michael S. 17

Two Emigrants and Pioneers: Moritz Wagner's "Law of Migration" in Context Lynn K. Nyhart Nyhart, Lynn K. 39

Three Negotiating the Agricultural Frontier in Nineteenth-Century Southern Ohio Archaeology J. Conor Burns Burns, J. Conor 59

Four Managing Monocultures: Coffee, the Coffee Rust, and the Science of Working Landscapes Stuart McCook McCook, Stuart 87

Five Rocky Mountain High Science: Teaching, Research, and Nature at Field Stations Jeremy Vetter Vetter, Jeremy 108

Six On the Trail of the Ivory-Bill: Field Science, Local Knowledge, and the Struggle to Save Endangered Species Mark V. Barrow Jr. Barrow, Mark V., Jr. 135

Seven Playing By---and On and Under---the Sea: The Importance of Play for Knowing the Ocean Helen M. Rozwadowski Rozwadowski, Helen M. 162

Eight Planetary-Scale Fieldwork: Harry Wexler on the Possibilities of Ozone Depletion and Climate Control James Rodger Fleming Fleming, James Rodger 190

Nine History of Field Science: Trends and Prospects Robert E. Kohler Kohler, Robert E. 212

Notes on Contributors 241

Index 245

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