The University of North Dakota Bookstore will host a book signing 4 – 6 p.m. Thursday,
September 15, for Mammals of North Dakota. Author Dr. Robert Seabloom, UND professor emeritus of biology, will be on hand to sign copies of his new book, which also features articles by UND alums John W. Hoganson, North Dakota State Paleontologist, and Dr. William F. Jensen, a big game biologist with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.
The book—nine years in the making—is the first comprehensive work on the mammals of the state since a 1926 survey published by the federal government.
Seabloom—a well-recognized expert on North Dakota fauna—taught mammalogy, vertebrate natural history, and various wildlife courses at UND for 35 years. Seabloom, who grew up in rural Ramsey County near St. Paul, Minn., is a member of the American Society of Mammalogists, the Wildlife Society, Great Plains Natural Science Society, and other conservation organizations.
The book—published by the North Dakota State University-based Institute for Regional Studies and printed by a Mennonite company in Manitoba—is unique in featuring both the standard scientific nomenclature and the traditional Native American names for the animals described.
“We preserved the traditional Native American names that Vernon Bailey in the 1920s researched by consulting with tribal elders,” Seabloom said.
To produce the book, Seabloom researched all of the available scientific literature—including unpublished theses and dissertations—as well as federal and state wildlife reports, museum records, and other documents, to assure that the book contains the very latest scientific information. Seabloom is a mammalian ecologist with expertise that includes the gamut of species from small mammals such as mice and shrews to the high-profile big game animals such as deer, elk, and moose.