Armadillos to Ziziphus: A Naturalist in the Texas Hill Country

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6.3 X 9.29 X 1.1 inches | 1.94 pounds

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About the Author

David M. Hillis is the director of the Biodiversity Center at the University of Texas at Austin's College of Natural Sciences. He was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 1999 and was elected to the US National Academy of Sciences in 2008. He is also known for his discovery of numerous new species, including Austin's iconic Barton Springs Salamander.

Harry W. Greene is a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Cornell University and the author of Tracks and Shadows: Field Biology as Art, among other books.

Hillis brings encyclopedic scientific knowledge to the task of explaining the Hill Country's 'natural wealth.' He doesn't allow scientific jargon or Latin taxonomy to muddy his prose, however. Using plain, understandable language, he paints accessible portraits of the land he's spent a lifetime walking and exploring...He dissects the region with both practiced ease and great authority, tapping his wisdom as a scientist, as a scholar and as a lover of nature. Reading the book feels much like perusing a personal journal that captures a lifetime of experiences...Armadillos to Ziziphus is one of those books that can be read in one sitting or used as a go-to compendium, whereby the reader looks up something sparked by a curious moment.-- "San Antonio Report" (4/12/2023 12:00:00 AM)
[A] charming new primer on the region's environment.-- "Austin Monthly" (4/22/2023 12:00:00 AM)
This book is intensely delightful...Hillis writes short, entertaining essays on nature...Hillis writes in a fluid, open, sometimes awed manner, primed for enjoyment by the reasonably curious reader.-- "Austin American-Statesman" (5/30/2023 12:00:00 AM)