A series of volumes on the natural history of a single species or closely related groups of species. Natural history is defined in the broadest context to include life history, distribution and habitat, ecology, behavior, evolution/systematics/taxonomy, conservation, cultural, economic, and historical relations with humans, and captive maintenance/care. Books are written to appeal to a wide audience of general readers, yet be sufficiently complete and scholarly to attract professional biologists. The goal is to have each volume become the first place one would look for an answer to a question on the natural history or biology of the species covered. The books will not be exhaustively referenced, but the bibliographic information will lead readers to important articles and monographs on the subject. Geographic emphasis will be on Western North America and Latin America.
Victor Hutchison is George Lynn Cross Research Professor Emeritus, in the Department of Zoology at the University of Oklahoma. He received his Ph.D. in Zoology from Duke University, was a faculty member at the University of Rhode Island for 11 years, and served as Chair of Zoology at the University of Oklahoma from 1970-1980. George received a Guggenheim Fellowship for study in Colombia, has published approximately 150 scientific papers and book chapters and served as major professor of 29 Ph.D. and 18 M.S. students. He has served as President of The American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, and of the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a co-founder of Oklahomans for Excellence in Science Education and a recipient of the Constitutional Heritage Award from the Oklahoma Chapter of Americans United, and served during the Korean War and in the U.S. Army Reserve, Medical Service Corps, retiring as a Colonel in 1982.