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American Tropics: The Caribbean Roots of Biodiversity Science

Megan Raby


Biodiversity has been a key concept in international conservation since the 1980s, yet historians have paid little attention to its origins. Uncovering its roots in tropical fieldwork and the southward expansion of U.S. empire at the turn of the twentieth century, Megan Raby details how ecologists took advantage of growing U.S. landholdings in the circum-Caribbean by establishing permanent field stations for long-term, basic tropical research. From these outposts of U.S. science, a growing community of American "tropical biologists" developed both the key scientific concepts and the values emb ... More

Keywords: biodiversity, Caribbean, empire, environmental history, field stations, fieldwork, history of ecology, history of science, Latin America, tropical biology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781469635606
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635606.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Megan Raby, author
University of Texas at Austin