General Interest Article
In 1980, Iowa's biologists and ecologists gathered at the 92nd annual meeting of the Iowa Academy of Science to present a symposium on the state's declining flora and fauna. Papers were published a year later in a single issue of The Proceedings of The Iowa Academy of Science (Vol. 88, No. 1), which has since been widely cited and much used as a baseline for research efforts. The symposium was a noble undertaking, for although the highly altered composition of Iowa's presettlement ecology had been widely recognized throughout the previous century, no single publication or gathering to that date had attempted to deal with the multiple facets of declining numbers and diversity of the state's natural ecosystems and native species since Euroamerican settlement.
© Copyright 1998 by the Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
Mutel, Cornelia F.
"Introduction to the 1997 Symposium on Iowa's Declining Flora and Fauna,"
Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science: JIAS: Vol. 105:
, Article 3.
Available at: http://scholarworks.uni.edu/jias/vol105/iss2/3