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Tapir's Morning Bath Solving the Mysteries of the Tropical Rain Forest

ISBN-10: 0618257586
ISBN-13: 9780618257584
Edition: 2001
Authors: Elizabeth Royte
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Description: An engaging portrait of a community of biologists, The Tapir's Morning Bath is a behind-the-scenes account of life at a tropical research station that "conveys the uncertainties, frustrations, and joys of [scientific] field work" (Science). On  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 11/4/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 8.75" wide x 5.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

An engaging portrait of a community of biologists, The Tapir's Morning Bath is a behind-the-scenes account of life at a tropical research station that "conveys the uncertainties, frustrations, and joys of [scientific] field work" (Science). On Panama's Barro Colorado Island, Elizabeth Royte works alongside the scientists -- counting seeds, sorting insects, collecting monkey dung, radiotracking fruit bats -- as they struggle to parse the intricate workings of the tropical rain forest. While showing the human side of the scientists at work, Royte explores the tensions between the slow pace of basic research and the reality of a world that may not have time to wait for answers.

Elizabeth Royte is a contributing writer for Outside magazine. She has written for the New York Times Magazine, Harper's, National Geographic, Smithsonian, The New Yorker, and Rolling Stone.

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The Ingenious Habit
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Higher Primates
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Bug Jocks
Random Error
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The Disappearing Naturalist
The Division of Cells
Wonderland
Saving the Whales
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The Great Unknown
Epilogue
Bibliography
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