Michael R. Canfield and Piotr Naskrecki


Field Notes on Science and Nature


June 7, 2011
7:00 PM


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Harvard Book Store is excited to welcome biologist and editor of Field Notes on Science and Nature MICHAEL R. CANFIELD as well as conservationist and contributor PIOTR NASKRECKI as they discuss this new volume of essays on the history, method, and recording of scientific fieldwork.

Pioneering a new niche in the study of plants and animals in their native habitat, Field Notes on Science and Nature allows readers to peer over the shoulders and into the notebooks of a dozen eminent field workers, to study firsthand their observational methods, materials, and fleeting impressions.

What did George Schaller note when studying the lions of the Serengeti? What lists did Kenn Kaufman keep during his 1973 “big year”? How does Piotr Naskrecki use relational databases and electronic field notes? In what way is Bernd Heinrich’s approach “truly Thoreauvian,” in E. O. Wilson’s view? Recording observations in the field is an indispensable scientific skill, but researchers are not generally willing to share their personal records with others. Here, for the first time, are reproductions of actual pages from notebooks. And in essays abounding with fascinating anecdotes, the authors reflect on the contexts in which the notes were taken.

Covering disciplines as diverse as ornithology, entomology, ecology, paleontology, anthropology, botany, and animal behavior, Field Notes offers specific examples that professional naturalists can emulate to fine-tune their own field methods, along with practical advice that amateur naturalists and students can use to document their adventures.

Michael R. Canfield
Michael R. Canfield

Michael R. Canfield

Michael R. Canfield is Lecturer on Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. His research investigates the evolution of flexible developmental pathways in geometrid caterpillars, or how the camouflage forms of caterpillars can be determined by what they eat. He teaches courses on insect biology and mimicry in Harvard’s Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and writes the blog Notes from the Field

Photo Credit: Rebecca Brown

Piotr Naskrecki
Piotr Naskrecki

Piotr Naskrecki

Piotr Naskrecki is Director of the Invertebrate Diversity Initiative of Conservation International and Research Associate with the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University.

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