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A Bat Man in the Tropics: Chasing El Duende (Organisms and Environments) 0th Edition

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"An intriguing firsthand account of what it is really like to be a talented field biologist."

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"In each generation, a few gifted scientists arise—a Sagan, a Gamow, a Wilson—who have the ability to command the respect from their scientific peers, while persuasively explaining science to a lay audience. Professor Fleming joins that elite group with A Batman in the Tropics. His eloquent plea for the preservation of the world's most misunderstood, and yet biologically important, creatures is a conservation classic. This is the book on bats for professional biologists, ecologists, conservationists, and armchair adventurers."—Paul Alan Cox, Director of the National Tropical Botanical Garden

"Ted Fleming's career as a tropical field biologist spans a time of unprecedented change. His experiences are not only fascinating; they highlight our interdependency with nature, human impact on the health of our planet, and the urgent need for wise stewardship."—Merlin Tuttle, founder and president of Bat Conservation International

"An intriguing first-hand account of what it is really like to be a talented field biologist, and what it takes to discover basic facts about behavioral ecology in the natural world."—Donald R. Griffin, author of Animal Minds: Beyond Cognition to Consciousness
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Product Details

  • Series: Organisms and Environments (Book 7)
  • Hardcover: 333 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (November 10, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520236068
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520236066
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #670,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michelle Nowak on October 10, 2015
Format: Hardcover
If you study bats like me, you must read this book. Really terrific. It is a engaging biography, but also chock full of great stories, and intriguing anecdotal observations that don't always make it into published literature. Such reports are invaluable for inspiring future experiments and studies
--Gerry Carter
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As a fellow Albion College alum and field driven evolutionary biologist, this book was a read that hit home. Ted Flemming writes in a clear tone that brings you with him into the field. My cohorts had mixed reactions to this book. The field biologists all had similar anecdotal stories and were excited by this book, while the medical biology and other non field biologists had a tough time understanding and appreciating the results of Flemming's hardships. It is good to see this book being used in undergraduate courses, but unfortunate that the "forced" nature of it being an assigned read may turn some people off before opening it. A reader intrigued by Flemming's field exploits may also consider reading "Mean and Lowly Things" by Kate Jackson.
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You'd have to be bats not to enjoy this book! I had the opportunity to take at least one course from Prof. Brock Fenton, a Canadian Batman, back in the 80's, and have been very keen on these unique winged mammals ever since. Dr Fleming is a senior biologist, who perks up his accounts of the scientific value of investigating bats with stories of the rigours of field work. This is not an overview of bats around the world, but a personal recounting of the trials and triumphs he and his family encountered while studying animals in the wild. I was particularly amused by the orphaned Australian fruit bats that they adopted.

Interestingly, Dr Fleming didn't start out as a bat specialist, but, as often happens, lucked into this work after doing a survey of Panamanian mammals for the Smithsonian (read: bring 'em back dead). The change in emphasis to behavioural studies, and the advances in equipment that made more and more delicate observations possible, are fascinating to read. How would we know about altruistic behaviour in vampire bats, or the dependence of many plants on bat pollination and fruit-eating, if people like Dr Fleming didn't passionately want to study these animals? Yet, it still comes down to many, many tedious hours of watching, recording and number-crunching, nicely edited for publication.
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I'm reading this for my Biology class and I have to say that it is an enjoyable read compared to the many textbooks and other books I have to read this semester. The author really brings you into his world of a biologist and doesn't get too technical while doing it. Definitely would recommend.
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By Liana on February 7, 2015
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Good story. Written by one of my professors at the University of Miami
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