Biographical Dictionary of American and Canadian Naturalists and Environmentalists

Biographical Dictionary of American and Canadian Naturalists and Environmentalists

Biographical Dictionary of American and Canadian Naturalists and Environmentalists

Biographical Dictionary of American and Canadian Naturalists and Environmentalists

Synopsis

Casting a wide net, this volume provides personal and professional information on some 445 American and Canadian naturalists and environmentalists, who lived from the late 15th century to the late 20th century. It includes explorers who published works on the natural history of North America, conservationists, ecologists, environmentalists, wildlife management specialists, park planners, national park administrators, zoologists, botanists, natural historians, geographers, geologists, academics, museum scientists and administrators, military personnel, travellers, government officials, political figures and writers and artists concerned with the environment. Some of the subjects are well known. The accomplishments of others are little known.

Excerpt

This project had its inception in the early 1980s, when Keir Sterling approached (Greenwood Press with a proposal for a biographical dictionary that would cover environmentalists and ecologists active in Canada, the United States, and Mexico from the beginning of the colonial period to the end of 1970. After some years of effort, it became apparent that, for practical reasons, the Mexican entries would have to be the subject of a separate volume to be published at a later date. It was also decided to move the terminal date for coverage up to the present, specifically the summer of 1997. Coverage was broadened to include individuals whose work contributed to an understanding of North American environment and natural history, though they themselves may not have made broader environmental concerns their first priority. Richard Harimond and George A. Cevasco, senior faculty members of the St. John's University History and English Departments, respectively, joined the project in the early 1990s, contributing valuable additional perspectives and resources. Lorne Hammond, then at the University of Ottawa and now an Historian at the Royal British Columbia Museum, Victoria, British Columbia, subsequently joined forces with the other three editors and contributed a great deal by helping to round out the focus on the Canadian side.

Nature and objectives of this volume

A number of reference works have been published in recent years that include, but are not restricted to, biographical information about naturalists and environmentalists, especially those who have worked in the United States in the past several centuries. This volume, however, is designed somewhat differently and is intended to meet several specific needs. It provides personal and professional . . .

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