Adventures in the Wild: Tales from Biologists of the Natural State

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Joy Trauth, Aldemaro Romero, Cristián Samper
University of Arkansas Press, 2012 - Nature - 182 pages
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 fifteen 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 lab 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.
 

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Contents

Poisonous Plants Purple Paint and Pot
1
Nobodys Dolphins
11
Into the Black Water
21
Face to Face and Nose to Shoulder
43
Orca Threaten Toss Them the Dog
49
Hold That Pose Please
71
Rooting for New Medicines
83
Search for the Lost Pecos Gambusia
89
Sir David Attenborough Visits Arkansas
113
Its Not a Job Its an Adventure
123
Just Floatin around Carriacou
135
The Hunt for Public Germs
151
The Sears Craftsman WoodenHandled FourPronged Potato Rake
155
Kind of BlueIVs All about the Name
161
About the Authors
169
Index
175

Thanksgiving Dinner with Memories of the Ozarks
107

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Joy Trauth is an instructor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.

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