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Jennifer Arnold - Associate Professor of Biology, Penn State Berks

Book Title: The Beak of the Finch

Author: Jonathan Weiner

Book Description:

This book follows the evidence for evolution with particular reference to evolutionary ecology from Darwin’s time to the present day.   A primary focus of the book is Peter and Rosemary Grant's field study in the Galapagos.

Most importantly for me it describes a husband-and-wife research team who work seamlessly together on what is well known as the most famous field study of evolutionary ecology of all time, while simultaneously raising their two young daughters to adulthood.  

Working side-by-side with my husband, Steve Oswald, on the ecology of breeding waterbirds in the field, in front of the computer screen and in raising my daughters has been the most rewarding aspect of my career to date and this book reminds me that the “adventure” of scientific research is most exciting when shared with those you care about most deeply.


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