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Landscapes and Labscapes: Exploring the Lab-Field Border in Biology

Robert E. Kohler


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 de ... More

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

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780226450094
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226450117.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert E. Kohler, author