Field Notes on Science & Nature

Field Notes on Science & Nature

Pioneering a new niche in the study of plants and animals in their native habitat, Field Notes on Science and Nature allows readers to peer over the shoulders and into the notebooks of a dozen eminent field workers, to study firsthand their observational methods, materials, and fleeting impressions.

What did George Schaller note when studying the lions of the Serengeti? What lists did Kenn Kaufman keep during his 1973 “big year”? How does Piotr Naskrecki use relational databases and electronic field notes? In what way is Bernd Heinrich’s approach “truly Thoreauvian,” in E.O. Wilson’s view? Recording observations in the field is an indispensable scientific skill, but researchers are not generally willing to share their personal records with others. Here, for the first time, are reproductions of actual pages from notebooks. And in essays abounding with fascinating anecdotes, the authors reflect on the contexts in which the notes were taken.

Covering disciplines as diverse as ornithology, entomology, ecology, paleontology, anthropology, botany, and animal behavior, Field Notes offers specific examples that professional naturalists can emulate to fine-tune their own field methods, along with practical advice that amateur naturalists and students can use to document their adventures.

Title:Field Notes on Science & Nature
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780674057579
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    Field Notes on Science & Nature Reviews

  • Sher

    Book 47 2012 Reading Challenge -- Twelve prestigious scientists in various fields explain how and why they keep field journals. Some also sketch. The volume is so valuable to me, because it has so man...

  • Melody

    I loved the reproduced journal pages, which were absolutely riveting. Twelve different field notebooks, twelve different ways of seeing the world, twelve different ways of doing science. Brilliant. Th...

  • Judy

    I greatly enjoyed this book! The moment I began reading the introductory pages I felt a great relaxation, as if I had come home to a safe place. I have spent my working life among field biologists tho...

  • Lichia

    The first half of the essays in this collection were delightful, philosophical, and provided a wonderful journey into the minds of brilliant scientists through their field notes and sketchbooks. Shoul...

  • Garrett Haynes

    A wonderful book about the importance of maintaining written field notebooks, even in the age of technology. Written by multiple scientists across a variety of fields, each with their own ways of writ...

  • Alana McCool

    This book is about how different kinds of scientists make field notes for their work. Sometimes their notes are simple writing, and sometimes they have drawings, pictures, and poetry. The best field n...

  • Sean

    I had the impression this consisted of scientists talking about their work in the context of their field notes. But it's less for a reader interested in science and methodology than it is for students...

  • Esther

    Fascinating comparing the field journal pages. ...

  • Katharine Ott

    “Field Notes on Science & Nature” – edited by Michael R Canfield and published in 2011 by Harvard University Press. This was a fascinating glimpse into the ways scientists use field notes and ot...

  • Simon Dobson

    An absolutely delightful exploration of the art and science of scientific field notebooks, why and how to keep them. Packed with practical insight and also with images from practitioners' own notebook...