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Intelligent Tinkering: Bridging the Gap between Science and Practice (The Science and Practice of Ecological Restoration Series) Paperback – August 3, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1597269643 ISBN-10: 1597269646 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Series: The Science and Practice of Ecological Restoration Series
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Island Press; 2 edition (August 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597269646
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597269643
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #434,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Cabin tackles the problematic no-man's- land where hard science and conservation practice collide. And he does so brilliantly, in a wonderfully readable style." Biological Conservation

"Will set the tone for ecological restoration for years to come. Filled with imagery and insight, the book has the flair of a best-selling novel." Ecological Restoration

"A superb book. Full of honesty, wisdom, and the voice of experience." Natural Areas Journal

"I found it captivating to read... the book could not have been more timely." Journal of Forestry

"This honest, well-written, excellent book offers an abundance of well documented evidence, anecdote, and philosophy to help the reader form their own conclusions." Oryx, The International Journal of Conservation

"This book will set the tone for ecological restoration for years to come.. a compelling personal account by Bob Cabin, who has serious credentials as a scientist and practitioner. Filled with imagery and insight, the book has the flair of a best-selling novel."
(Ecological Restoration)


"...should be required reading for any undergraduate embarking on a career in ecology, and perhaps for anyone interested in carrying out scientific experiments, whatever the discipline."
(Biological Conservation)


"I found this book to be engaging, honest, and valuable. I recommend it."
(Journal of Forestry)


"This excellent book ends on a suitably positive note by giving three examples of successful restoration projects in Hawai'i that have adopted the flexible approaches Cabin advocates. The lessons learned from Cabin's time in Hawai'i are well worth a read to anybody interested in developing an integrated approach to conservation science and practice."
(Oryx, The International Journal of Conservation)


"Professionals, volunteers and academics seeking to combine their efforts will benefit from the variety of perspectives that Cabin brings to light."
(Indigenous Flora and Fauna Association)


"Intelligent Tinkering is full of wisdom, honesty, and the voice of experience...Readers would be hard pressed to find a better, more compelling guide to help them navigate these heretofore poorly charted waters."
(Natural Areas Journal)


"This book will set the tone for ecological restoration for years to come. It's not so much about Hawaii as it is about the imperative to resolve differences between the science of ecological restoration and its practice. It addresses ambiguities that we prefer to ignore regarding conservation. The book is a compelling personal account by Bob Cabin, who has serious credentials as a scientist and practitioner. Filled with imagery and insight, the book has the flair of a best-selling novel."
(Andy Clewell Society for Ecological Restoration)


"Cabin offers rare, poetic insight into his experiences restoring Hawaii's dryland forest and the tension that exists between the science and the practice of ecological restoration. His plea for intelligent tinkering acknowledges that success requires good science but also good practice and local knowledge. This book will add spice to the debate about how best to do ecological restoration. No matter what perspective one has, everyone concerned about the fate of degraded ecosystems and the factors that drive restoration success should read this book."
(Vicky M. Temperton)


"One of the attractive features of this book is that it is a very personal narrative, and Cabin does not spare himself in his assessment of the value (or otherwise) of formal research."
(Ecological Management and Restoration)


"I found this book an informative, interesting, and useful introduction to restoration work in Hawaii and beyond. In fact, it is an excellent and easy read for students and served as a valuable resource in my own graduate course."
(Restoration Ecology)

About the Author

Robert J. Cabin is an associate professor of ecology and environmental science at Brevard College. Before returning to academia, he worked as a restoration ecologist for the U.S. Forest Service and the National Tropical Botanical Garden.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Janis Porter on October 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Unlike so many other scientists, Robert Cabin is an excellent writer who vividly brings his subjects to life. I got swept up in the stories about trying to preserve and restore degraded species and landscapes, and I especially enjoyed learning more about the perspectives of the on-the-ground people who actually do this kind of work. I also learned a lot about ecology, natural history, ecological philosophy, and the gap between how science and conservation work in theory and what actually happens in practice in the real world. Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Marchand on October 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
A great read--informative, entertaining, compelling, and provocative. I especially appreciated the respect and openness Dr. Cabin showed for the ideas and customs of native Hawaiians. Even though I am not in this field, and in fact have no formal training or experience in ecological restoration, I found it easy to read and follow because it is written more like a novel than an academic science book. I thus heartily recommend it to anyone who is interested in conservation, ecology, and the complex relationship between humans and nature.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Christie on October 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
Intelligent Tinkering is an important book for anyone in or considering a career in Restoration Ecology. Dr. Cabin shares the joys and the frustrations in designing and implementing scientific research. He explores the different perspectives of academic scientists and hands on practitioners engaged in protecting fragile ecosystems. He investigates to what extent science and what extent culture and politics determines how management and restoration decisions are made. Undergraduates will find the descriptions of the the scientific process and the clear and personal narrative of how this author goes about writing a scientific paper very useful. I would recommend this book for any undergraduate or graduate student in any of the environmental sciences. This book was a pleasure to read.
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