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Book Title: Bark Beetle Outbreaks in Western North America: Causes and Consequences|
The author of the book: Hannah Nordhaus
Edition: University of Utah Press
Date of issue: January 31st 2009
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ISBN 13: 9780874809657
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Since the 1990s, bark beetles have collectively killed billions of trees across millions of acres of forest in western North America, from Alaska to northern Mexico. Although a force of natural change in forest ecosystems, the increased intensity, expanded range, and synchroneity of recent bark beetle outbreaks have proved the most devastating in recorded history, and there seems to be no indication that future infestations will slow.
Bark Beetle Outbreaks in Western North America: Causes and Consequences is the result of a symposium convened in by scientists with the US Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Center. Entomologists, ecologists, and foresters from across the continent gathered to share research in an effort to understand the causes, historical context, and short- and long-term consequences of the current outbreaks. This easy-to-read book examines the ecology and biology of bark beetles, the extent of historical and current outbreaks, and the potential consequences of such widespread infestations on forest ecosystems. Factors contributing to increased outbreaks, such as climate change, natural disturbances, and human influence are discussed, and possible preventative measures proposed.
Foresters, park managers, landowners, and environmentalists will all appreciate gaining greater understanding of the threat that bark beetles pose to the great forests of North America.
Distributed for the United States Forest Service.
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Read information about the authorHannah Nordhaus is a journalist and award-winning author of The Beekeeper’s Lament (HarperCollins, 2011) and American Ghost (HarperCollins, 2015), both national bestsellers.
Her most recent book, American Ghost, untangles the life and legend of Hannah’s great-great-grandmother Julia Staab, who traveled the Santa Fe Trail to New Mexico in 1866 as a mail-order German-Jewish bride — and whose phantom is reputed to haunt her former home in Santa Fe. In American Ghost, Hannah traces the Staab family through 300 years of Germany history and American immigrant experience, unearthing family diaries, photographs, newspaper clippings and memories and exploring how lives become legends, and what those legends tell us about who we are. “American Ghost is itself a haunting story about the long reach of the past,” said NPR’s Fresh Air.
American Ghost has seen critical acclaim from People Magazine, Newsweek, NPR, Elle Magazine, the Boston Globe, Entertainment Weekly, the Denver Post, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, and many other newspapers and magazines. It was winner of the Seven Sisters Book Awards, finalist for the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards, and was named a Denver Post Best Books of 2015, one of “20 Books We’ll Read in 2015” by Entertainment Weekly and one of Elle Magazine’s “7 Must-Read Books for March.”
Hannah’s first book, The Beekeeper’s Lament, is a non-fiction portrait of a fourth-generation beekeeper struggling to keep his bees alive in the middle of a strange and sobering honey bee die-off. Said the Boston Globe: “The Beekeeper’s Lament is at once science lesson, sociological study, and breezy read…. A book about bees could easily descend into academe, but the author settles for nothing less than literature.”
The Beekeeper’s Lament was a PEN Center USA Book Awards finalist, a Colorado Book Awards finalist, and a National Federation of Press Women Book Award winner, receiving enthusiastic reviews from the Washington Post, Wall St. Journal, the Associated Press, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Mother Jones, Audubon, Boingboing.net and dozens of newspapers, magazines, and websites, and appearing on a number of year-end “best of” lists. In 2011, the literary magazine The Millions featured this interview with Hannah about the art and craft of writing book-length narrative nonfiction, calling it a “veritable how-to for writing a book of journalistic non-fiction.”
Hannah’s nonfiction writing has appeared in the Financial Times, Outside Magazine, Times Literary Supplement (TLS), Los Angeles Times, The Village Voice, The American Scholar, and many other publications, covering such subjects as litigious prostitutes in Montana, snorkeling salmon-counters in Idaho, besieged beekeepers in California, wildlife crime investigators in Oregon, and dog-poop mappers in Colorado. From 2007 to 2009, she was outdoors columnist for the Denver Rocky Mountain News.
Hannah grew up in Washington D.C., six blocks from the U.S. Capitol. After receiving degrees in history and American Studies from Yale University and the University of Colorado, Hannah bounced from New Mexico to New York to San Francisco to the Himalayas. She settled in Boulder, Colorado, where she lives with her husband and two children.