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amnhnyc:

This month marks the publication of Opulent Oceans: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History Library (Sterling Signature, 2014), the third in a series showcasing the spectacular holdings of the Rare Book Collection in the Museum Library.
Written by Curator Melanie L. J. Stiassny, the book includes essays about pioneering biologists who studied marine life, and showcases a variety of scientific illustrations that brought new discoveries to a growing audience of experts and laypeople alike.
We recently spoke with Dr. Stiassny, who is Axelrod Research Curator in the Department of Ichthyology, about her experiences researching the book.
Q: Are there any particular favorites among the scientists you feature?
A: One of my favorites is Johann David Schöpf (1752–1800) who was an iconic example of a polymath, adventurer, and humanitarian. He was a medical doctor, as so many of them were, fascinated by natural history, paleontology, weather patterns, botany, geology—everything. His travels through post-Revolutionary America were an amazing feat of courage and discovery.
Q: What surprised you in preparing the book?
A: I could not find a single volume in the Museum’s Rare Book Collection containing the work of a female marine naturalist. I did manage to find a few women doing great stuff but unacknowledged by the scientific community of their time. There was one botanist, William Henry Harvey (1811–1866), who went to great pains to single out and thank the women who had contributed to his work. He is a favorite too!
Q: What was your personal take-away?
A: Tremendous respect for the extraordinary courage and commitment of these early marine explorers. When I am in the Congo, we have satellite phones. We go to a cybercafe once a month. They were out there for years with no communications, suffering diseases, shipwrecks—and think what they did. They traveled, wrote, did so much, and then died at 30 or 40. Schöpf was 48! I’m in awe of what they accomplished. I also felt a camaraderie with their excitement in discovery and drive to understand the natural world. That mission and excitement is very much the same for curators today. The great majority were with big museums. Their names are on the specimen jars; our names are on the jars. There’s remarkable continuity, despite our advanced technology. They had the same driving force. The same camping out under the stars.
Read the full Q&A on the Museum blog, and pick up your own copy of Opulent Oceans! View Larger

amnhnyc:

This month marks the publication of Opulent Oceans: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History Library (Sterling Signature, 2014), the third in a series showcasing the spectacular holdings of the Rare Book Collection in the Museum Library.

Written by Curator Melanie L. J. Stiassny, the book includes essays about pioneering biologists who studied marine life, and showcases a variety of scientific illustrations that brought new discoveries to a growing audience of experts and laypeople alike.

We recently spoke with Dr. Stiassny, who is Axelrod Research Curator in the Department of Ichthyology, about her experiences researching the book.

Q: Are there any particular favorites among the scientists you feature?

A: One of my favorites is Johann David Schöpf (1752–1800) who was an iconic example of a polymath, adventurer, and humanitarian. He was a medical doctor, as so many of them were, fascinated by natural history, paleontology, weather patterns, botany, geology—everything. His travels through post-Revolutionary America were an amazing feat of courage and discovery.

Q: What surprised you in preparing the book?

A: I could not find a single volume in the Museum’s Rare Book Collection containing the work of a female marine naturalist. I did manage to find a few women doing great stuff but unacknowledged by the scientific community of their time. There was one botanist, William Henry Harvey (1811–1866), who went to great pains to single out and thank the women who had contributed to his work. He is a favorite too!

Q: What was your personal take-away?

A: Tremendous respect for the extraordinary courage and commitment of these early marine explorers. When I am in the Congo, we have satellite phones. We go to a cybercafe once a month. They were out there for years with no communications, suffering diseases, shipwrecks—and think what they did. They traveled, wrote, did so much, and then died at 30 or 40. Schöpf was 48! I’m in awe of what they accomplished. I also felt a camaraderie with their excitement in discovery and drive to understand the natural world. That mission and excitement is very much the same for curators today. The great majority were with big museums. Their names are on the specimen jars; our names are on the jars. There’s remarkable continuity, despite our advanced technology. They had the same driving force. The same camping out under the stars.

Read the full Q&A on the Museum blog, and pick up your own copy of Opulent Oceans!


haitianhistory:

Did you know?
While scholars still debate exact numbers, most would generally agree with Professor David Aliano in that “on the eve of the French Revolution, Saint Domingue, the Pearl of the Antilles, was the envy of all the Caribbean. It dominated the world sugar market and had the largest concentration of African slaves in the New World. In 1789 the population of the island consisted of 40,000 whites, 28,000 free blacks and mulattos, and 500,000 slaves—a black-white ratio of nine to one.” (Source)

This is an interesting fact for those of you who are intrigue by Haiti.

haitianhistory:

Did you know?

While scholars still debate exact numbers, most would generally agree with Professor David Aliano in that “on the eve of the French Revolution, Saint Domingue, the Pearl of the Antilles, was the envy of all the Caribbean. It dominated the world sugar market and had the largest concentration of African slaves in the New World. In 1789 the population of the island consisted of 40,000 whites, 28,000 free blacks and mulattos, and 500,000 slaves—a black-white ratio of nine to one.” (Source)

This is an interesting fact for those of you who are intrigue by Haiti.


remypinky:

thoughtsofablackgirl:

Congratulations to 16 year old Grace Bush who will receive a college degree before receiving her high school diploma.Last Friday Bush received a bachelor degree in Criminal Justice from Florida Atlantic University, she finished the program in 3 years with a 3.8 GPA. Bush attended Florida Atlantic University High School which gives students the opportunity to dual enroll in college course and earn credits for a higher degree. According to the Sun Sentinel. She also took class at the age of 13 at Broward College throughout the summer. Bush plans to attend FAU for her master’s degree in Public Administration. She plans to seek a law degree and hopes to one day become chief justice of the United States.


I have high hopes for our young

This is the essence of motivation.remypinky:

thoughtsofablackgirl:

Congratulations to 16 year old Grace Bush who will receive a college degree before receiving her high school diploma.Last Friday Bush received a bachelor degree in Criminal Justice from Florida Atlantic University, she finished the program in 3 years with a 3.8 GPA. Bush attended Florida Atlantic University High School which gives students the opportunity to dual enroll in college course and earn credits for a higher degree. According to the Sun Sentinel. She also took class at the age of 13 at Broward College throughout the summer. Bush plans to attend FAU for her master’s degree in Public Administration. She plans to seek a law degree and hopes to one day become chief justice of the United States.


I have high hopes for our young

This is the essence of motivation.remypinky:

thoughtsofablackgirl:

Congratulations to 16 year old Grace Bush who will receive a college degree before receiving her high school diploma.Last Friday Bush received a bachelor degree in Criminal Justice from Florida Atlantic University, she finished the program in 3 years with a 3.8 GPA. Bush attended Florida Atlantic University High School which gives students the opportunity to dual enroll in college course and earn credits for a higher degree. According to the Sun Sentinel. She also took class at the age of 13 at Broward College throughout the summer. Bush plans to attend FAU for her master’s degree in Public Administration. She plans to seek a law degree and hopes to one day become chief justice of the United States.


I have high hopes for our young

This is the essence of motivation.remypinky:

thoughtsofablackgirl:

Congratulations to 16 year old Grace Bush who will receive a college degree before receiving her high school diploma.Last Friday Bush received a bachelor degree in Criminal Justice from Florida Atlantic University, she finished the program in 3 years with a 3.8 GPA. Bush attended Florida Atlantic University High School which gives students the opportunity to dual enroll in college course and earn credits for a higher degree. According to the Sun Sentinel. She also took class at the age of 13 at Broward College throughout the summer. Bush plans to attend FAU for her master’s degree in Public Administration. She plans to seek a law degree and hopes to one day become chief justice of the United States.


I have high hopes for our young

This is the essence of motivation.

remypinky:

thoughtsofablackgirl:

Congratulations to 16 year old Grace Bush who will receive a college degree before receiving her high school diploma.Last Friday Bush received a bachelor degree in Criminal Justice from Florida Atlantic University, she finished the program in 3 years with a 3.8 GPA. Bush attended Florida Atlantic University High School which gives students the opportunity to dual enroll in college course and earn credits for a higher degree. According to the Sun Sentinel. She also took class at the age of 13 at Broward College throughout the summer. Bush plans to attend FAU for her master’s degree in Public Administration. She plans to seek a law degree and hopes to one day become chief justice of the United States.

I have high hopes for our young

This is the essence of motivation.