|Primary Format: Paper|
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|Subject(s):||Nature & Environment|
Emerald Labyrinth: A Scientist's Adventures in the Jungles of the Congo
Eli GreenbaumE-book: $14.99
In this riveting scientific travelogue. . . . Greenbaum, a professor of evolutionary genetics, recounts arduous journeys throughout the Democratic Republic of the Congo, illuminating in fluent detail its bloody history, precarious present, spectacular landscapes, and gloriously varied, now rapidly disappearing, biological abundance.
—Booklist (starred review)
The narrative is smooth and engaging, effectively showing the natural wonder of the Congo-and its fragility. Greenbaum’s enthusiasm for his work shines through, as does his compelling message about the future of our planet.
Greenbaum . . . combines scientific endeavor,environmentalism, and Congolese history as he shares his experiences exploring remarkable ecosystems in the midst of a civil war.
Greenbaum’s account of a 2008 expedition with Congolese colleague Chifundera Kusamba and a crack team of local rangers is much more than derring-do among prodigious natural riches: it is also a meditation on how colonial power seeds violence. A valuable record of conflict and conservation at a time of climate change and population pressures.
—Nature, International Journal of Science
Emerald Labyrinth packs in more about the country's biological, cultural, and political history than is likely to be found in any other single book. It should be required reading for all ecologists, missionaries, politicians, and decision-makers who journey to tropical Africa, especially the Congo.
—J. Whitfield Gibbons, BioScience
ELI GREENBAUM is an associate professor of evolutionary genetics at the University of Texas at El Paso, with a research focus on the herpetology of Central Africa. He has published over one hundred articles in refereed science journals, and his work has been covered in NBC News, National Geographic Daily News, Africa Geographic Magazine, and The Huffington Post. This is his first book.