From an early age, Berish knew she wanted to study and work with animals. Yet the world of wildlife research was an almost exclusively male field. With the matter-of-fact style of a scientist, she describes the sexism and sexual harassment that were—and to a degree still are—commonplace for women scholars in the field. Despite these challenges, Berish found her dream job as a wildlife biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Through vivid tales of working with fellow scientists and local experts in the Florida backcountry, Berish enlightens readers on wildlife behavior, ecology, research ethics, and conservation.
Fire and Fauna includes many fine examples of science writing and nature narrative. The author’s work with the gopher tortoise, in particular, rings with the assurance that only a lifetime of study can bring. Throughout this engaging and entertaining memoir, Berish’s narrative is infused with her commitment to and passion for the natural world—and the fascinating people and animals who inhabit it.
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Published by Texas A&M University Press