On becoming a biologist

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Harper & Row, 1985 - Science - 160 pages
" We share a common bond with even the most bizarre beetle of the Peruvian rain forest, " asserts John Janovy Jr. " A belief in that common bond might, in fact, be the most fundamental characteristic of a biologist." And biologists see the worth of a plant or an animal not in monetary terms but in its contribution to our understanding of life. The famous naturalist brings a humanist's vision to this superbly written book. "On Becoming a Biologist" is grounded in reality, cognizant of practical matters (education and jobs) as well as the ideals that inform the profession a reverence for life and a responsibility to humankind and its future. Janovy draws on his experiences as a graduate and postdoctoral student, on his rewarding relationships with teachers, and on his fieldwork as a naturalist. This edition includes new information throughout the book regarding pertinent events, issues, and changes in technology.

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In five short chapters, John Janovy has painted a fairly realistic picture of what life is like for the working Biologist in the 21st century. Addressing topics such as occupational opportunities, the ... Read full review

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This trio was first published in 1982, 1979, and 1986, respectively. Keith County (LJ 1/15/79) and its Back in sequel (LJ 3/1/82) both cover the author's observations on plant and animal life in the ... Read full review



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John Janovy Jr. is Varner Professor at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and director of the Cedar Point Biological Station. He is the author of "Keith County Journal" and "Back in Keith County," also available as Bison Books.

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