"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."
"...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."
"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."