Observations on nature and life along the California coast from Rafe Sagarin, who led a group of college students in his field class on a trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco. The essay is organized around thematically around saltwater, freshwater, fire, and people. Sagarin argues that traditional methods of observation in natural history still play a crucial role in science and our understanding of nature.
On Observation: Notes from a field course on the California coast
Rafe Sagarin is a marine ecologist at the University of Arizona’s Biosphere 2, where he is leading a new project to create a living model of the Gulf of California. He is the author of Learning from the Octopus: How Secrets from Nature Can Help Us Fight Terrorism, Natural Disasters, and Disease and Observation and Ecology: Broadening the Scope of Science to Understand a Complex World.
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Rafe Sagarin; On Observation: Notes from a field course on the California coast. Boom 1 September 2014; 4 (3): 113–121. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2014.4.3.113
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