Curiosity becomes science, and what we understand becomes what we value. In a Chats in the Stacks book talk March 6, 2014 at Mann Library, Cornell professor of ecology and evolutionary biology Harry W. Greene discusses the making of his new book, "Tracks and Shadows: Field Biology as Art."
The book explores multiple themes including the nuts and bolts of field research and teaching, the destruction of habitat and loss of biodiversity, the "sheer poetry" of field biology, and the role of natural historians in saving species from extinction.
Greene is a Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow and one of the world's leading snake experts, with more than 40 years of fieldwork on six different continents. Other publications include the award winning book Snakes: The Evolution of Mystery in Nature. His books promote biological diversity, ecology, behavior and conservation - the core components of scientific literacy.