The Bookmark is an interview program featuring authors published by the Texas A&M University Press and the Texas Book Consortium, produced and hosted each week by Christine Brown. The authors featured have written books in a variety of subjects, including history, nature, travel, art, and music. For more information about any of the books featured on The Bookmark, visit https://tamupress.com.
Originally aired June, 2018
Edited by Brian R. Chapman and William I. Lutterschmidt
What good is a rattlesnake? What purpose do animals serve? All species play a vital role in their biological communities, and the removal of just one can have a noticeable and catastrophic ripple effect. All species require healthy habitats, and every species—even a rattlesnake—provides important services for the biotic communities in which they live. It is imperative to learn as much as we can about these animals if we are to preserve biodiversity successfully in Texas.
BRIAN R. CHAPMAN retired as a senior research scientist at the Texas Research Institute for Environmental Sciences at Sam Houston State University. He is the coauthor of The Natural History of Texas. He resides in Corpus Christi, Texas. WILLIAM I. LUTTERSCHMIDT, from Huntsville, Texas, is executive director and research scientist at the Texas Research Institute for Environmental Sciences at Sam Houston State University.
Christine Brown is the Executive Producer of The Bookmark and Publicity and Advertising Manager at Texas A&M University Press.
A longtime member of the Texas Archeological Society, Mary S. Black is also an active blogger, a former instructor in public schools and professor at the University of Texas at Austin, and the author of From the Frio to Del Rio: Travel Guide to the Western Hill Country and the Lower Pecos Canyonlands. She lives in Austin.