Great Review in Biological Conservation

We are grateful for another insightful and positive review of Observation and Ecology.  Quentin Groom of the National Botanic Garden of Belgium gives a nice overview of the book and makes a strong case for observational approaches, noting that:

If you are already a multidisciplinary or observation-based ecologist,
this book will legitimize your work. If not, it should give you
some reasons to expand your outlook and encourage you to accept
observation-based research as ‘‘real’’ science.

I liked that this review also revealed how the reader felt while reading the book.  We had wanted to write a book that got people excited about where we are at in science, and at least for Quentin Groom, we succeeded:

Accustomed as I am to reading manuals, reports and scientific
publications, it was a pleasure to read about science in a style that
is both informative and inspiring. This book succinctly, and with
great enthusiasm, makes the case for observational research in
ecology.

Thank you, Quentin!

-Rafe

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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