Adventures in the Wild: Tales from Biologists of the Natural State
Edited by Joy Trauth and Aldemaro Romero
The true tales in this collection will take readers from the chicken houses of Arkansas to the caves of Venezuela and Mexico to the coast of Alaska. These 15 adventures range from amusing to life-threatening. Some are filled with suspense and danger in exotic places, while others document more routine but important biological field and laboratory work.
Meet the roommate with the rash that wouldn’t go away, a friendly bull, some blind cave fish, killer whales, drug smugglers and hairy roots that are used to produce new medicines. Read about researchers crawling through rotten-egg-smelling muck in search of an elusive mosquitofish, diving into the cold black water of the White River in search of mussels, flying with bush pilots in Alaska and working with David Attenborough in Arkansas. Here are teachers and researchers, biologists all, all from one university, real people who get their feet wet and their hands dirty in the pursuit of knowledge.
The editors are in the department of biological sciences at Arkansas State University. The book includes a foreword by Cristina Samper, acting secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.