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Carl McDaniel

Carl McDaniel is a visiting professor at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, and a professor emeritus at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He was the founding director of the undergraduate environmental science degree program at Rensselaer. For the first three decades of his academic career, he researched insect and plant development. His scholarly interests since have been focused on the interface between biology and economics. He has written four books: Paradise for Sale: A Parable of Nature (2000, with economist John M. Gowdy); Wisdom for a Livable Planet: The Visionary Work of Terri Swearingen, Dave Foreman, Wes Jackson, Helena Norberg-Hodge, Werner Fornos, Herman Daly, Stephen Schneider, and David Orr (2005); Trail Magic: Creating a Positive Energy Home (2012) and At the Mercy of Nature: Shackleton’s Endurance Saga Gives Promise for Our Future (2014, with illustrations by Donald Watson).

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Beauty Won Me Over

Few people know any scientist(s) or what scientists do. Beauty Won Me Over: A Scientist’s Life is a deep dive into the life of Carl McDaniel, a developmental biologist. He became an academic scientist because his best friend in college recognised the scientist in him even before he himself did. Be...

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