February 9, 2012 · Uncategorized
My involvement in this project spans 11 or 12 years; Geo started the book project over 13 years ago! Both Mike Slay and Geo Graening have shown dedication to the conservation of subterranean fauna that has inspired me to be a better conservation biologist. These guys are amazing and it is an honor to be a coauthor with them. I am clearly biased but I feel that this important biodiversity assessment will shore up the conservation of some of the region's imperiled subterranean fauna. Remember that the Ozarks were previously considered an impoverished area for subterranean biodiversity relative to other regions of North America. Not anymore...this project performed biological inventory events in at least 466 subterranean sites, discovered over 20 new species, and improved the knowledge base for the region. I would like to thank Dr. Culver for writing the blurb on the back of the dust jacket, "Cave Life of Oklahoma and Arkansas is the most comprehensive study of regional cave fauna published to date. The photographs bring the reader into the habitat in a way that words cannot. For the cave specialist, the authors document a remarkable richness of species in a ...  Read the rest of the entry...