American Tropics: The Caribbean Roots of Biodiversity Science

American Tropics: The Caribbean Roots of Biodiversity Science

by Megan Raby

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ISBN-13: 9781469635613
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 10/03/2017
Series: Flows, Migrations, and Exchanges
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 31 MB
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About the Author

Megan Raby is assistant professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Blending intellectual, institutional, social, environmental, and political history, Raby reveals that the now-abstract, theoretical concept of 'biodiversity' was rooted in the ideas and ambitions of several generations of U.S. biologists. Built on a truly impressive archival foundation, this study offers a rich, nuanced understanding of the personal and institutional relations that drove this scientific work.--Stuart McCook, University of Guelph

The first book to situate the rise of the scientific concept of biodiversity within its larger circum-Caribbean context, American Tropics is a sophisticated and compelling journey through the research practices at field stations outside the U.S. mainland in Cuba, Jamaica, Guyana, and Panama. Using these stations as launching points, Raby skillfully shows the strategic and serendipitous ways these encounters mapped onto political and economic imperial pursuits. Such insights will echo through our understandings of tropical life as a resource for generations to come.--Emily Wakild, author of Revolutionary Parks

American Tropics is not only the best book we have on the scientific reinvention of 'the tropics' across the twentieth century, but it is also a tour de force demonstration of how the ideal of biodiversity emerged from place-based field practices. This is a history that matters to the future of tropical science and conservation.--Paul Sutter, University of Colorado Boulder

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