Tinkering with Eden: A Natural History of Exotic Species in America

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Mosquitoes in Hawaii, sea lampreys in the Great Lakes, mountain goats in the Olympic Mountains of Washington State--not one of these species is native to the environment in which it now flourishes. Kim Todd's Tinkering with Eden is a lyrical, brilliantly written history of the introduction of exotic species into the United Sates, and how the well-meaning endeavors of scientists, explorers, and biologists have resulted in ecological catastrophe. Todd's assured voice will haunt her readers, and the stories she tells--such as the druggist who brought starlings to America because he wanted the landscape to feature every bird mentioned by Shakespeare--will forever change how we see our increasingly afflicted landscape and its unanticipated inhabitants.

Author: Kim Todd
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Published: 06/17/2002
Pages: 302
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.78lbs
Size: 8.20h x 5.54w x 0.75d
ISBN13: 9780393323245
ISBN10: 0393323242
BISAC Categories:
- Science | Life Sciences | Ecology
- Nature | Ecology
- Science | Environmental Science (see also Chemistry | Environmental)