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New book remembers the life, times, and research of Jean H. Langenheim

Xlibris, the leading print-on-demand self-publishing services provider, today announces the release of THE ODYSSEY OF A WOMAN FIELD SCIENTIST: A Story of Passion, Persistence, and Patience, a new book authored by Jean H. Langenheim.

The text recalls Langenheim’s odyssey as a woman field scientist, who crossed boundaries of botany, geology, and chemistry in doing ecological studies. It includes almost two hundred photographs and maps, and uses a unique timeline as context for her story in relation to relevant historical events, significant changes in the status of women, and milestones in ecology from the 1920s to the present. Readers will learn that the author’s research spans five continents and ranges from arctic-alpine to tropical environments.

This release also includes many adventures (such as a forced plane landing in Amazonia and working in the midst of a coup d’état in Colombia) and interactions with diverse cultures, from Alaska Eskimo to Ghanaian family life. Ultimately, this memoir tells the story of a rich life of learning and discovery, through difficult and good times, which Langenheim has shared with many around the world.

Readers who wish to order a copy of THE ODYSSEY OF A WOMAN FIELD SCIENTIST: A Story of Passion, Persistence, and Patience are encouraged to visit or call (888) 795-4274 today.

About the Author
Jean H. Langenheim is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California at Santa Cruz. She obtained her PhD at the University of Minnesota and held research positions at the University of California at Berkeley, University of Illinois at Urbana, and Harvard University before going to UCSC. She has published over 130 scientific papers, co-authored Botany: Plant Biology and Its Relation to Human Affairs and written a definitive reference, Plant Resins: Chemistry, Evolution, Ecology and Ethnobotany. An early woman leader in her diverse fields, she was elected the first woman president of the Association for Tropical Biology and the International Society of Chemical Ecology as well as the second woman president of the Ecological Society of America and the Society for Economic Botany.

A Story of Passion, Persistence, and Patience
Publication Date: February 22, 2010
Trade Paperback; $23.99; 539 pages; 978-1-4415-7441-1
Trade Hardback; $34.99; 539 pages; 978-1-4415-7442-8

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