Patuxent, Policy, and the Public Interest is a memoir of of the author's career, focusing on the nearly three decades he spent working on as a research scientist and manager of programs in wildlife conservation for federal agencies. He contrasts his work for the government with an earlier career as an academic scientist, exploring the differences between science as it is practiced in these different venues. The differences, he asserts, are behind many contemporary conflicts in which science does not present clear prescriptions for dealing with societal problems. Drawing on his own observations and experiences, he looks for hopeful signs that in the future science will lead to better informed decisions.
2008 Quality paperback, 252 pages $12.00