You say potato: Zimmerer's research cited in Smithsonian magazine article

Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 4:31pm

Karl Zimmerer's research findings on the environmental science and global agrobiodiversity hotspot of Andean potato biodiversity in the Andes of Peru is quoted in "The Eyes Have It: How the Potato Changed the World"  newly written by Charles C. Mann in Smithsonian magazine.

"I was elated when I found out that he would be drawing on and referring to my works, since I know of Charles Mann as one of the lead correspondents of Science magazine, one of the world's two leading science journals, and I respect his in-depth knowledge of environmental and geographic research and hold his works in extremely high regard," Zimmerer noted.

The Smithsonian article quotes from Zimmerer's book Changing Fortunes: Biodiversity and Peasant Livelihoods in the Peruvian Andes, and it also draws on a couple articles he has recently published that address agrobiodiversity amid changes in global trade and climate. 

You can read a sample chapter of the book here:





• “Biological diversity in agriculture and global change,” Annual Review of Environment and Resources, Volume 35: 137-166.

 • “The landscape technology of spate irrigation amid development changes: Assembling the links to resources, livelihoods, and agrobiodiversity-food in the Bolivian AndesGlobal Environmental Change-Human and Policy Dimensions 21: 917–934.

Mann also discusses Zimmerer's works on the geographical science of agrobiodiversity in his recent, award-winning book entitled 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created.