Audio Exclusive: Discussing Rare Desert Species with Author Christopher Norment
For our very first Scientists' Nightstand podcast, author Christopher Norment joins us to discuss his book, Relicts of a Beautiful Sea: Survival, Extinction, and Conservation in a Desert World, from University of North Carolina Press. It tells the story of six rare desert species native to the Death Valley
region. Along the way Norment considers practical and ethical questions
about conservation, especially around the issues of water use and
climate change. He offers an eloquent and personal take on evolutionary
history, firmly grounded in ecological science, enlivened by closely
observed detail. Relicts of a Beautiful Sea presents a convincing argument for
Christopher Norment is professor and chair of the Department of Environmental Science and Biology at the State University of New York College of Brockport. He's the author of several books including In the Memory of the Map: A Cartographic Memoir from the University of Iowa Press. He spoke to us in Durham, North Carolina, while he was here to present a lecture and reading for the E. O. Wilson Biodiversity Days, an event presented by the E. O. Wilson Biodiversity foundation and Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment.
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