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From this collection of essays by distinguished scholars in the fields of environmental and field sciences comes a theme of the impact of changing environments on scientific history, an important factor that has come to the attention of researchers in recent years. Removed from the laboratory, field scientists have used different scales for their sites of study on which they place their evidence: regions, mountainsides, residential areas, etc.; these tend to influence their findings. Similarly, the people concerned in the execution of a project may affect the interpretation of research results through their personal knowledge of a locale. This heavily referenced text is recommended for those with interest in the field sciences.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden