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Bookbeat: March 2004

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Loggerhead Sea Turtles

Loggerhead Sea Turtlesedited by Alan Bolten and Blair Witherington, Department of Zoology
(Smithsonian Books, 2004)
Available through Amazon

Scientists know more about loggerheads than any other sea turtle species but, until now, no comprehensive book has been written about them. This volume, edited by zoologists Alan Bolten and Blair Witherington, brings together for the first time the world's top sea turtle experts to combine their knowledge on the endangered species.

"The real value of this book is that it is the first synthesis of any sea turtle species," says Bolten, a research assistant professor in the Department of Zoology and the Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research. "This is the first time one species has really been looked at and evaluated and all the information integrated into one volume."

Divided into 18 chapters, each written by different researchers from around the globe, Loggerhead Sea Turtles is geared toward an educated general audience, not just those in the sea turtle research field. The book covers loggerhead ecology, genetics, population distribution and trends, morphology, ecosystem and demographic models, reproductive biology, and conservation activities. By studying the natural history of loggerheads, the book identifies ways to reverse their decline.

While working on the book, Bolten and Witherington contacted researchers from around the world and assigned them different topics according to their area of expertise. They knew the book would be a success when the authors got together for a reading at the 20th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation held in Orlando in March 2000. "At the symposium that year we, for the first time, had a mini-symposium on the biology and conservation of loggerheads," says Witherington, an associate research scientist at the Florida Marine Research Institute and a 1992 recipient of a UF doctorate degree in zoology. "People came from as far away as Australia, Japan and South Africa and were very excited to present their work on loggerheads."

After a rigorous two-year peer editing process, Smithsonian Books published Loggerhead Sea Turtles in October 2003. Bolten says he believes the book will help Florida, which is home to the largest number of nesting loggerheads in the world, better manage its sea turtle population.

"Florida has been very good about supporting and protecting sea turtles," he says. "Although the populations north of here—Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina—are declining, Florida is holding steady, based on the best data we have from the past 15 years. Florida is showing that sea turtle populations can be improved, though we are still a long way from getting these animals removed from the endangered species list."

—Buffy Lockette

Latin American Democracies in the New Global Economy

Latin American Democracies in the New Global Economyby Ana Margheritis, Department of Political Science
(North-South Center Press, 2004)
Available through Amazon

The efforts of Latin America's democracies to grapple with the forces of the new global economy, and at the same time to undertake domestic restructuring, have been a frustrating tangle of opportunities and setbacks. This collection addresses those efforts, concentrating on the effects of changes toward more open economies in the context of improving living conditions and democratic governance. The authors emphasize the need to analyze jointly the economic, political, and social dimensions of the region's uncertain transformation. They shed new light on evolving issues of economic integration, financial instability, human capital development, decentralization, and democratic processes

— Publisher

Essays on the Twentieth-Century German Drama and Theater: An American Reception, 1977-1999

Essays on the Twentieth-Century German Drama and Theaterby Hal Rennert, Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies
(Peter Lang Publishing, 2004)
Available through Amazon

This collection of articles by both German literature specialists and German theater experts grew out of the Comparative Drama Conference held annually between February and March from 1977 to 1999 at UF. At the center of the contributors' work is the productive tension between the literary and the performance aspects of German drama and theater. At the same time, the reception is truly American, since the German playwrights, directors, theorists, and dramatists discussed have gone through creative filters in the researching, performing, and teaching of German drama and theater on various campuses across the United States during the last third of the twentieth century. In addition to editing the book, Rennert also wrote the book's introduction


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