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In search of the canary tree : the story of a scientist, a cypress, and a changing world / Lauren E. Oakes ; illustrations by Kate Cahill & cartography by Erik Steiner.

Oakes, Lauren, author. (Author).
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  • 1 of 1 copy available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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Record details

  • ISBN: 9781541697126
  • ISBN: 154169712X
  • Physical Description: ix, 272 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2018.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Ghosts and graveyards -- Stand still -- Fear and forests in changing climate -- Solving puzzles -- Countdown -- Thrive -- Coveted -- Apart and a part -- Saturation point -- Measured and immeasurable -- The greatest opportunity -- The sentinels.
Summary, etc.: Several years ago, ecologist Lauren E. Oakes set out from California for Alaska's old-growth forests to hunt for a dying tree: the yellow-cedar. With climate change as the culprit, the death of this species meant loss for many Alaskans. Oakes and her research team wanted to chronicle how plants and people could cope with their rapidly changing world. Amidst the standing dead, she discovered the resiliency of forgotten forests, flourishing again in the wake of destruction, and a diverse community of people who persevered to create new relationships with the emerging environment. Eloquent, insightful, and deeply heartening, In Search of the Canary Tree is a case for hope in a warming world.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 November #1
    This unique title chronicles an ecologist's work tracking the impact of climate change on the yellow cedar, a tree that once thrived in the old-growth forests of Southeast Alaska. Avoiding an academic tone, Oakes infuses this chronicle with moments from her own life, including her uncertainty as a graduate student at Stanford seeking a research topic and the devastating shock of her father's death. Tales from the field involving work with her small research team on Chichagof and Baranof Islands provide some levity—to say there was a lot of rain would be a vast understatement, but the primary message here, both in her careful data analysis and numerous interviews with Alaskans who regard the yellow cedar as significant for very different reasons, is to ring a warning bell. "There is a threshold for every species," she writes, yet another reminder of the dangers to life on earth with climate change underway. Oakes has special appeal as a compelling new voice in science writing, and readers interested in trees, forests, ecology, and environmental issues will enjoy her intriguing work. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Lauren E. Oakes is a conservation scientist at the Wildlife Conservation Society and an adjunct professor in Earth System Science at Stanford University. She lives in Portola Valley, California and Bozeman, Montana.

Subject: Oakes, Lauren.
Ecologists > Biography.
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / General.
SCIENCE / Global Warming & Climate Change.
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology.
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Botany.
Genre: Biography.

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