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This Land Is Your LandThe Story of Field Biology in America$
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Michael J. Lannoo

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226358475

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226358505.001.0001

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The Foundation

The Foundation

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(p.8) The Foundation
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This Land Is Your Land
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Michael J. Lannoo

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226358505.003.0002

In this chapter, I explore the roots of field biology, which lie deep in the outdoor competence of Native Americans, European settlers, mountain men, and voyageurs. As the children of pioneers who settled the Midwest, early field biologists grew up surrounded by the nature they would come to study. They were influenced not only by scientists, but also by philosophers who were trying to make sense of what the United States was and what kind of nation it could become. Midwestern field biologists often took advantage of opportunities at the big eastern institutions, and the quality of their work propelled them into leadership positions.

Keywords:   Asa Gray, C. Hart Merriam, Spencer F. Baird, Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir

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