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Noteworthy Books Received by the Southeastern Naturalist, Volume 11, Number 4, 2012

Southeastern Naturalist, Volume 11, Issue 4 (2012): 783–784

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2012 Noteworthy Books 783 Case Studies in Fisheries Conservation and Management: Applied Critical Thinking and Problem Solving. Brian R. Murphy, David W. Willis, Michelle D. Klopfer, and Brian D. S. Graeb. 2010. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, MD. 252 pp. $50, softcover. ISBN 9781934874189. Through more than 30 original case studies related to contemporary conservation and management issues in fisheries, this new book challenges students to develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills that will serve them as future natural resource professionals. Intended to encourage students to go beyond the information level of many science texts, these case studies have no right answers. Many of the cases are presented in a dilemma format, where students are asked to assess information from a variety of sources, find additional information as needed, and propose and evaluate alternative solutions. Cases are approached from a variety of dimensions (biological, ecological, political, cultural, and socioeconomic) and stakeholder perspectives. Spiral binding allows the book to lie flat for easy reference during classroom discussions and activities. Urban and Community Fisheries Programs: Development, Management, and Evaluation. Richard T. Eades, J. Wesley Neal, Thomas J. Lang, Kevin M. Hunt, and Paul Pajak (Editors). 2008. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, MD. 464 pp. $69, hardcover. ISBN 9781934874042. Increasing urban and suburban human populations and declines in fishing participation have reawakened an interest in urban and community fisheries programs. This timely work contains 40 papers presented at the September 2007 AFS Urban Fishing Symposium. Chapter authors synthesize current research and provide real world examples through case study analysis, review new management techniques, and offer topic insights. The book will appeal to fisheries managers, administrators, park superintendents, academics, researchers, and students. Conservation Biology: Evolution in Action. Scott P. Carroll and Charles W. Fox (Editors). 2008. Oxford University Press, New York, NY. 392 pp. $45, softcover. ISBN 9780195306781. The main goal of this book is to encourage and formalize the infusion of evolutionary 783 thinking into mainstream conservation biology. It reviews the evolutionary foundations of conservation issues, and unifies conceptual and empirical advances in evolutionary conservation biology. The book can be used either as a primary textbook or as a supplementary reading in an advanced undergraduate or graduate level course—likely to be called Conservation Biology or perhaps Evolutionary Ecology. The focus of chapters is on current concepts in evolution as they pertain to conservation, and the empirical study of these concepts. The balanced treatment avoids exhaustive reviews and overlapping duplication among the chapters. Little background in genetics is assumed of the reader. Conservation Biology provides a coherent academic and conceptual organization for an evolutionary approach to conservation biology, for which study materials are currently lacking and which this volume provides as a foundation for this rapidly growing subject. Conservation biology is a rapidly expanding academic field of study; its main sub-disciplines, ecology and genetics, need bridging, and evolutionary conservation biology is their logical and emergent descendant. The book provides novel, attractive, and exciting treatments of key topics and issues. Contributing chapter authors are well-known, innovative leaders in the field. Suggestions for further reading direct students to other materials they should read to familiarize themselves with the subject. This text cuts across many areas of environmental biology relevant to the work of applied biologists and other scientists. The North American Journals of Prince Maximilian of Wied. Volume III: September 1833–August 1834. Stephen S. Witte and Marsha V. Gallagher (Editors). 2012. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, OK. 544 pp. $85, hardcover. ISBN 9780806139241. Few historical chronicles are as informative and eloquent as the journals written by Prince Maximilian of Wied as a record of his journey into the North American interior in 1833–34, following the route Lewis and Clark had taken almost thirty years earlier.Maximilian’s memorable descriptions of topography, native peoples, natural history, and the burgeoning fur trade were further brought to life through the now-familiar watercolors and prints of Karl Bodmer, the young Swiss artist who accompanied him. The first two volumes of the North American Journals Noteworthy Books Received by the Southeastern Naturalist, Issue 11/4, 2012 784 Southeastern Naturalist Vol. 11, No. 4 recount the prince’s journey from Europe to St. Louis, then up the Missouri some 2500 river miles to the expedition’s western endpoint, Fort McKenzie, in what is today Montana. In this third, and final, volume, Maximilian vividly narrates his extended stay at Fort Clark (near today’s Bismarck, ND) and his return journey eastward across America and on to his home in Germany. Despite subzero temperatures and a shortage of food at Fort Clark during the winter of 1833–1834, Maximilian continued to study and interview the Mandan and Hidatsa Indians who lived nearby, recording descriptions of their social customs, religious rituals, languages, material culture, and art. This handsome, oversize volume not only reproduces the prince’s historic document but also features every one of his illustrations—nearly 100 in all, including several in color—from the original journal, along with other watercolors, now housed at Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska. Publication of these journals, fifty years in the making and complete with extensive annotation, opens the 1830s American West to modern readers in an indispensable scholarly resource and a work of lasting beauty. The Legacy of a Red Hills Hunting Plantation: Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy. Robert L. Crawford and William R. Brueckheimer. 2012. University Press of Florida, Gainesville, FL. 360 pp. $34.95, hardcover. ISBN 9780813041483. The Red Hills region is an idyllic setting filled with Longleaf Pines that stretches from Tallahassee, FL, to Thomasville, GA. At its heart lies Tall Timbers, a former hunting plantation. In 1919, sportsman Henry L. Beadel purchased the Red Hills plantation to be used for quail hunting. As was the tradition, he conducted prescribed burnings after every hunting season in order to clear out the thick brush to make it more appealing to the nesting birds. After the US Forest Service outlawed the practice in the 1920s, condemning it as harmful for the forest and its wildlife, the quail population diminished dramatically. Astonished by this loss and encouraged by his naturalist friend Herbert L. Stoddard, Beadel set his sights on conserving the land in order to study the effects of prescribed burnings on wildlife. Upon his death in 1958, Beadel donated the entire Tall Timbers estate to be used as an ecological research station. The Legacy of a Red Hills Hunting Plantation traces Beadel’s evolution from sportsman and naturalist to conservationist. Complemented by a wealth of previously unpublished, rare vintage photographs, it follows the transformation of the plantation into what its founders envisioned—a long-term plot study station, independent of government or academic funding and control. Zooplankton of the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts: A Guide to Their Identification and Ecology, Second Edition. William S. Johnson and Dennis M. Allen. 2012. Johns Hopkins University Pres, Baltimore, MD. 472 pp. $50, softcover. ISBN 9780801881688. Zooplankton are critical to the vitality of estuaries and coastal waters. In this revised edition of Johnson and Allen’s instant classic, readers are taken on a tour of the miniature universe of zooplankton, including early developmental stages of familiar and diverse shrimps, crabs, and fishes. Zooplankton of the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts details the behavior, morphology, and coloration of these tiny aquatic animals. Precise descriptions and labeled illustrations of hundreds of the most commonly encountered species provide readers with the best source available for identifying zooplankton. This second edition has been significantly updated and includes: an introduction that orients readers to the diversity, habitats, environmental responses, collection, history, and ecological roles of zooplankton; descriptions of life cycles; illustrations (including 88 new drawings) that identify 340-plus taxa and life stages; range, habits, and ecology for each entry located directly opposite the illustration; and appendices with information on collection and observation techniques and citations of more than 1300 scientific articles and books. It remains an indespenable book for teachers, students, and professionals in marine biology and oceanography. The Southeastern Naturalist welcomes submissions of review copies of books that publishers or authors would like to recommend to the journal’s readership and are relevant to the journal’s mission of publishing information about the natural history of the southeastern US. Accompanying short, descriptive summaries of the text are also welcome.