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On Becoming a Biologist, Second Edition by John Janovy

On Becoming a Biologist, Second Edition


On Becoming a Biologist, Second Edition by John Janovy

We share a common bond with even the most bizarre beetle of the Peruvian rain forest, asserts John Janovy Jr. A belief in that common bond might, in fact, be the most fundamental characteristic of a biologist. And biologists see the worth of a plant or an animal not in monetary terms but in its contribution to our understanding of life. The famous naturalist brings a humanist's vision to this superbly written book. On Becoming a Biologist is grounded in reality, cognizant of practical matters (education and jobs) as well as the ideals that inform the profession-a reverence for life and a responsibility to humankind and its future. Janovy draws on his experiences as a graduate and postdoctoral student, on his rewarding relationships with teachers, and on his fieldwork as a naturalist. This edition includes new information throughout the book regarding pertinent events, issues, and changes in technology.


Praise for the first edition: A concise, readable picture of biology as it is practiced in the field, the laboratory and the classroom. [Janovy] moves easily from philosophy to politics to petri dish... This book will be appreciated by biologists as well as those who want to know how a scientist's mind works. New York Times Book Review A charming book ... frank, open, and a pleasure to read. Noel Perrin, Civilization

About the Author

John Janovy Jr. is Varner Professor at the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and director of the Cedar Point Biological Station. He is the author of Keith County Journal and Back in Keith County, both available in Bison Books editions.

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Publication date

1st November 2004


John Janovy

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Bison Books an imprint of University of Nebraska Press


153 pages


Biology, life sciences



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