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In Search of the Canary Tree: The Story of a Scientist, a Cypress, and a Changing World

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The surprisingly hopeful story of one woman's search for resiliency in a warming world

Several years ago, ecologist Lauren E. Oakes set out from California for Alaska's old-growth forests to hunt for a dying tree: the yellow-cedar. With climate change as the culprit, the death of this species meant loss for many Alaskans. Oakes and her research team wanted to chronicle how
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published November 27th 2018 by Basic Books
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Olive (abookolive)
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
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David Wineberg
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
In Search of the Canary Tree refers to the phrase “canary in the coal mine” – the harbinger of disaster. It is the story of a Stanford graduate student who found herself totally immersed in the fast-disappearing yellow-cedar of Alaska’s southeast coast. She was fishing for a doctoral thesis topic, and the tree came into ever tighter focus. So the delightfully named Lauren Oakes went after the yellow-cedar from every conceivable angle. She obtained grants, went and checked it out, and spent the n ...more
Elentarri
NOTE: I received an Advanced Readers Copy of this book from NetGalley. This review is my honest opinion of the book.

In Search of the Canary Tree is not so much a popular science book about a specific topic, but rather the author’s personal experiences while doing research for her PhD project in Alaska. In the author’s own words: "This book is about a species - a tree called Callitropsis nootkatensis, how I fell under its spell, and how it inspired my search for people and plants thriving amidst
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Koen
Am i starting the year off with a five-star book? Having just finished the second half of the book in one sitting and still processing i think i am. I think this 250 page book is a true gem.

Considering it's length there is really a lot too this book and Oakes' thoughtful narrative touches on many levels.

For her PHD Oakes studied the yellow-cedar tree in Alaska. A species particular about where it will grow, a species coveted for it's fine wood, a species intricately connected to the native peop
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Kirsten Cutler
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
An informative and fascinating narrative about the die-off of Yellow Cedar trees in Southern Alaska that acknowledges previous studies which established the cause to be climate change but then significantly explores the impact of the loss of this tree species, postulates what kind of changes this die-off might generate, and ultimately offers her extensive study and knowledgeable conclusions to provide a data-rich window into the issues of global climate change.
Andrew Calderwood
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This book is a great story about a woman who has a passion for science and a way with storytelling. Intriguing from the foundations of science aspect and personal enough to capture the reader. Tells an important message about the health of our planet and how we can live as one with the Earth.
Mimi
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
well-written and passionate story by a woman working on her PhD in ecology in Alaska among dying trees from climate change.
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