The tradition of scholarly
publishing at the Smithsonian dates back to the Institution’s
origin. In keeping with James Smithson’s stipulation that his
bequest to the United States be “for the increase and diffusion
of knowledge,” Joseph Henry, the first Secretary of the Smithsonian
(1846–1878), initiated in 1848 the Institution’s first
publication, Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge. The tradition
continues today with Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press (SISP).
One of several offices operating within the Smithsonian’s Office of the Deputy Under Secretary for Collections and Interdisciplinary Support, SISP publishes research by Smithsonian scholars in many fields – particularly science, art and art history, aviation and space, and history and material culture – and research closely related to Smithsonian collections.
The Coralline Genus Clathromorphum Foslie emend. Adey: Biological, Physiological, and Ecological Factors Controlling Carbonate Production in an Arctic-Subarctic Climate Archive
By Walter H. Adey, Jochen Halfar, and Branwen Williams
Smithsonian Contributions to the Marine Sciences, no. 40
Precise paleoenvironmental information can be retrieved from the coralline algal genus Clathromorphum, a dominant calcifier in the rocky Subarctic, because of its unique cytological and anatomical structures. This volume describes and models these structures and relates extensive field and laboratory data on species of this genus and their controlling environmental parameters.
Palaces of Art: Whistler and the Art Worlds of Aestheticism
Edited by Lee Glazer and Linda Merrill
“Palaces of Art: Whistler and the Art Worlds of Aestheticism” was the inaugural event of the Lunder Consortium for Whistler Studies. As caretakers of the world’s largest collections of the work of James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903), the consortium is dedicated to supporting new research on the American artist and also encourages scholarship that moves beyond monographic or biographical approaches to consider the various “art worlds” in which Whistler and his contemporaries operated. The diversity of topics and methodologies deployed at the conference are reflected in this volume.
Monitoring Biodiversity: Lessons from a Trans-Andean Megaproject / Monitoreo de Biodiversidad: Lecciones de un Megaproyecto Transandino
Edited by Alfonso Alonso, Francisco Dallmeier, and Grace P. Servat
This bilingual volume presents studies of fauna and flora in 19 distinct ecological landscape units along a 408-km natural gas pipeline running from the Amazon basin in eastern Peru up over the Andes to the Pacific coast. The studies resulted from landmark collaboration among Peruvian governmental and industrial entities and multidisciplinary teams of local scientists led and trained by Smithsonian Institution researchers.
Research and Discoveries: The Revolution of Science through Scuba
Edited by Michael A. Lang, Roberta L. Marinelli, Susan J. Roberts, and Phillip R. Taylor
Smithsonian Contributions to the Marine Sciences, no. 39
Proceedings of a symposium convened by the Smithsonian, National Science Foundation, and National Research Council’s Ocean Studies Board presents 19 studies in coral reefs, oceanic blue water, under-ice polar habitats, and temperate kelp forests that could not have been accomplished without scuba. Topics include ecological function, physiology, symbiosis, chemistry, biodiversity, behavior, and populations. Enduring symposium info including video is at www.si.edu/sds.
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