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The Tapir's Morning Bath Mysteries of the Tropical Rain Forest and the Scientists Who Are Trying to Solve Them (Paperback)

Author:  Elizabeth Royte
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0618257586
ISBN-13: 9780618257584
Sku: 30990434
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 5.5H x 8.75L x 1T
Pages:  336
Age Range:  NA
 
An engaging portrait of a community of biologists, The Tapir''s Morning Bath is a behind-the-scenes account of life at a tropical research station that "conveys the uncertainties, frustrations, and joys of [scientific] field work" (Science). On Panama''s Barro Colorado Island, Elizabeth Royte works alongside the scientists -- counting seeds, sorting insects, collecting monkey dung, radiotracking fruit bats -- as they struggle to parse the intricate workings of the tropical rain forest. While showing the human side of the scientists at work, Royte explores the tensions between the slow pace of basic research and the reality of a world that may not have time to wait for answers.
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An engaging portrait of a community of biologists, The Tapir's Morning Bath is a behind-the-scenes account of life at a tropical research station that "conveys the uncertainties, frustrations, and joys of [scientific] field work" (Science). On Panama's Barro Colorado Island, Elizabeth Royte works alongside the scientists -- counting seeds, sorting insects, collecting monkey dung, radiotracking fruit bats -- as they struggle to parse the intricate workings of the tropical rain forest. While showing the human side of the scientists at work, Royte explores the tensions between the slow pace of basic research and the reality of a world that may not have time to wait for answers.
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After spending a year as an ecological researcher in Panama, Royte describes the wonders of the Panamanian rain forest, including spider monkeys, bats, and leaf-cutter ants, as well as the academics and tourists of Barro Colorado Island. A New York Times Notable Book for 2001.

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Kirkus Reviews
"A finely drawn chronicle of fieldwork, with an appealing moral edge: '...a plea for conservation, and the basic research that made it possible, that anyone can understand.'" 08/01/2001

New York Times Book Review
"This book is a charmer; I loved it." - Ann Finkbeiner 10/07/2001

Bloomsbury Review
"[A] compelling introduction to science at work...." - Kim Long January/February 2002

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0336
Product attributePublisher:   Mariner Books
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