One hundred years of scientific study of wildlife and environmental change at the University of Michigan Biological Station
Northern Michigan is undergoing unprecedented changes in land use, climate, resource extraction, and species distributions. For the last hundred years, the University of Michigan Biological Station has monitored these environmental transformations. Stretching 10,000 acres along Burt and Douglas Lakes in the northern Lower Peninsula and 3,200 acres on Sugar Island near Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, the station has played host to nearly 10,000 students and a steady stream of top scientists in the fields of biology, ecology, geology, archeology, and climatology.
The Changing Environment of Northern Michigan collects essays by some of these scientists, who lead readers on virtual field trips exploring the history of people and science at the station itself, the relations of indigenous people to the land, the geophysical history of the region, characteristics of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, key groups of organisms and their relations to local habitats, and perspectives on critical environmental challenges of today and their effects on the region. Accompanying the chapters are color illustrations and photographs that bring the station's pristine setting to life.
Like the station itself, the book provides a solid background for better appreciating the relationships among living and nonliving parts of northern Michigan, for anyone interested in exploring the region's forests, fields, and wetlands; wading or paddling down its rivers; or swimming or floating across its lakes.
Cover photographs: Yellow corydalis (courtesy Edward G. Voss); northern leopard frog (courtesy Carol Geake); ovenbird (© Roger Eriksson); Indian pipe (courtesy Marilynn Smith); swamp (courtesy Robert Pillsbury).
"These case studies are especially pertinent to environmental historians and historical geographers of Michigan and the entire Great Lakes region, and they are equally useful to scholars who want to compare and contrast ecosystems of different regions and different time periods."
—Matthew D Bloom, Concordia University Texas
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