Amazon Expeditions: My Quest for the Ice-Age Equator

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Yale University Press
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6.62 X 9.33 X 1.18 inches | 1.46 pounds
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About the Author

Paul Colinvaux is senior research scientist, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, and professor emeritus, The Ohio State University. He has published extensively on ecological topics and hosted the twenty-part PBS series, What Ecology Really Says. He lives in Woods Hole, MA.


"Colinvaux captures very well both the excitement and frustration that comes from long-term scientific endeavor."--Susanna Hecht, University of California, Los Angeles

--Susanna Hecht (02/21/2007)

"Amazon Expeditions combines an autobiographical account of a distinguished ecologist's career with a charting of the course of an important debate about the relationship between biodiversity and climate change in Amazonia."--Stephen Nugent, Goldsmiths College, University of London

--Stephen Nugent (02/21/2007)

"Amazon Expeditions is a tour-de-force, presenting the development of an interpretation of major importance for both theory and conservation. I find the evidence compelling."--Emily Southgate, Rutgers University

--Emily Southgate

"There is a touch of Tolkien in Paul Colinvaux's engaging, masterly, story of his research career. A paradigm is destroyed and hypotheses are killed, ruthlessly or ruefully, as he seeks evidence of tropical climates in the Ice Age."--Peter Grant, Princeton University

--Peter Grant

"An absorbing tale of scientific detection...a saga of muddy boots, microscopes and geology revealing the secret of Amazonia's ice-age climate...a revealing combined portrait of field and laboratory science at work."--Thomas E. Lovejoy, author of Climate Change and Biodiversity

--Tom Lovejoy
"The author skillfully weaves in grueling experiences and hardships in the field with the excitement of obtaining good samples. . . . He makes a strong case that the Amazon essentially remained unchanged throughout the Pleistocene."--William E. Duellman, Quarterly Review of Biology-- (09/01/2008)

"The story is part picaresque and part polemic, at once a tale of adventure and a firsthand account of the deconstruction of a 'beautiful' theory. . . .Colvinaux has given us a most entertaining behind-the-scenes account of his challenging quest and worthy accomplishments."--Paul Barker, American Scientist

-- (11/01/2008)
"An interesting book that aims at a wide readership, particularly...anyone interested in tales of explorations and the scientific search of the ice-age Amazon climatic history."--Sonia L. Fontana, Georgaphical Journal-- (12/01/2009)