Thank you, Ecology, for a great review!

“…full of enthusiasm and passion for the power of
observations to explain, inform, and educate”

Anibal and I love this review of Observation and Ecology, not just because it says nice things about the book, but because the reviewer, David Schimel of the Jet Propulsion Lab at California Institute of Technology, clearly got the book.  He conveys well the enthusiasm Anibal and I tried to convey and the type of questions we were trying to explore.  Here’s my favorite line:

“They take on a number of sacred cows, and gore them,
so this will be a thought-provoking and much-discussed book”

As a final aside, I think it speaks exactly to the kind of cross-disciplinary knowledge we discuss, that a scientist at a Jet Propulsion Lab could comment so knowledgeably on our book and the questions we raise within it.  Then again, check out Dr. Schimel’s professional record and the diversity of things he’s done – it’s really impressive!

About Rafe

Rafe Sagarin is a marine ecologist and environmental policy analyst at the University of Arizona. In both his science and policy work, Sagarin connects basic observations of nature to issues of broad societal interest, including conservation biology, protecting public trust resources, and making responses to terrorism and other security threats more adaptable. Dr. Sagarin is a recipient of a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship and has recently published two books, Learning from the Octopus (Basic Books, March 2012) and Observation and Ecology (Island Press, July 2012), which show how nature observation--when extended across large scales and enhanced with both new technologies and greater deference to traditional knowledge sources—is revealing profound new insights about our dynamic social and ecological world. He was a Geological Society of America Congressional Science Fellow in the office of U.S. Representative (and later U.S. Secretary of Labor) Hilda Solis. He has taught ecology and environmental policy at Duke University, California State University Monterey Bay, Stanford University, University of California, Los Angeles and University of Arizona. His research has appeared in Science, Nature, Conservation Biology, Ecological Monographs, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Foreign Policy, Homeland Security Affairs and other leading journals, magazines, and newspapers. He is the editor, with Terence Taylor of the volume Natural Security: A Darwinian Approach to a Dangerous World (2008, University of California Press).
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