James Trail and Nineteenth-Century Amazonian Field Science

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Abstract

This chapter examines Trail’s field science practices, and the ways in which he and his colleagues sought to create a field science institution out of the Amazon Steam Navigation Company survey, for which they worked. Trail’s practices, as well as the ways he understood his work and experiences, were molded by the field science of his Amazonian naturalist predecessors, Alfred Russel Wallace, Henry Walter Bates, Richard Spruce and Louis Agassiz. Trail walked the paths they walked and met local people who had worked with them; their books were never far from hand. Trail also steamed through the Amazon when it had one of the most diverse human populations on earth, was the object of fierce international rivalry and tied into global networks. Thus, Trail’s field science practices, a new case study of Amazonian field science, are situated in this wider historical context.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnderstanding Field Science Institutions
EditorsHelena Ekerholm, Karl Grandin, Christer Nordlund , Patience Schell
Place of PublicationSagamore Beach, MA
PublisherScience History Publications/USA
Pages99-131
Number of pages32
ISBN (Print)978-0-88135-483-6
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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Schell, P. A. (2017). James Trail and Nineteenth-Century Amazonian Field Science. In H. Ekerholm, K. Grandin, C. Nordlund , & P. Schell (Eds.), Understanding Field Science Institutions (pp. 99-131). Sagamore Beach, MA: Science History Publications/USA.

James Trail and Nineteenth-Century Amazonian Field Science. / Schell, Patience Alexandra.

Understanding Field Science Institutions. ed. / Helena Ekerholm; Karl Grandin; Christer Nordlund ; Patience Schell. Sagamore Beach, MA : Science History Publications/USA, 2017. p. 99-131.

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Schell, PA 2017, James Trail and Nineteenth-Century Amazonian Field Science. in H Ekerholm, K Grandin, C Nordlund & P Schell (eds), Understanding Field Science Institutions. Science History Publications/USA, Sagamore Beach, MA, pp. 99-131.
Schell PA. James Trail and Nineteenth-Century Amazonian Field Science. In Ekerholm H, Grandin K, Nordlund C, Schell P, editors, Understanding Field Science Institutions. Sagamore Beach, MA: Science History Publications/USA. 2017. p. 99-131
Schell, Patience Alexandra. / James Trail and Nineteenth-Century Amazonian Field Science. Understanding Field Science Institutions. editor / Helena Ekerholm ; Karl Grandin ; Christer Nordlund ; Patience Schell. Sagamore Beach, MA : Science History Publications/USA, 2017. pp. 99-131
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