295 pages, 6 x 9
Discovering the Desert
The Legacy of the Carnegie Desert Botanical Laboratory
The University of Arizona Press
Now you can share the experiences of the first U.S. scientists who set about discovering the nature of North American deserts. "This is a fascinating account of how these pioneer ecologists laid the foundations for our modern knowledge of plant adaptation to desert environments. . . . It is well done." (American Scientist)
William G. McGinnies, an internationally recognized authority on arid lands, first became acquainted with the desert in 1918, when he moved from Colorado to Tucson to attend the University of Arizona. It was later, as a member of the faculty of the College of Agriculture, that he developed a close association with personnel at Carnegie's Desert Botanical Laboratory. Soon after the Laboratory had closed in 1940, McGinnies left Arizona, but he returned to the University in 1960 to become head of tree ring studies and arid land activities. He was founder and director of the Office of Arid Lands Studies, which he continued to serve as a consultant after his retirement.
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