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How the International Biological Program Swept the Scientific World

David C. Coleman

in Big Ecology: The Emergence of Ecosystem Science

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520264755
eISBN:
9780520945739
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520264755.003.0002
Subject:
Biology, Ecology

The International Biological Program (IBP) was the most thriving scientific program of its kind in the 1970s. This success was measured by the number of graduate students and postdoctorals who went ... More


Big Ecology: The Emergence of Ecosystem Science

David Coleman

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520264755
eISBN:
9780520945739
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520264755.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Ecology

This book documents historically fruitful ecological collaborations in the early years of studying large ecosystems in the United States. As the book explains, the concept of the ecosystem—a local ... More


“Before It’s Too Late”: Life from the Past

Joanna Radin

in Life on Ice: A History of New Uses for Cold Blood

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226417318
eISBN:
9780226448244
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226448244.003.0004
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter complements the previous one by considering how the project of collecting blood was articulated by human geneticists, who looked as much to the past as to the future. They believed that ... More


Intellectual Antecedents to Large-Scale Ecosystem Studies

David C. Coleman

in Big Ecology: The Emergence of Ecosystem Science

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520264755
eISBN:
9780520945739
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520264755.003.0001
Subject:
Biology, Ecology

International scientific collaborations have a long and brilliant history that extends back into the nineteenth century. Biological programs were not as successful as the programs in physics and ... More


Till the Cows Come Home: Overseas Failures and Critiques of Range Science

Nathan F. Sayre

in The Politics of Scale: A History of Rangeland Science

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226083117
eISBN:
9780226083391
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226083391.003.0008
Subject:
Earth Sciences and Geography, Cultural and Historical Geography

By the late 1970s, it was clear that virtually all pastoral development projects were abject failures. Chapter 7 shows how these failures, combined with a growing body of rangeland research overseas, ... More


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