Seeing the Universe From Here: Field Notes from My Smithsonian Travels

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As the 12th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution from 2008 to 2014, Dr. G. Wayne Clough traveled extensively to connect with researchers and gain a better understanding of the scope of the Institution's work. While the Smithsonian is comprised of nineteen museums and galleries, a National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities, it also has a research presence in more than one hundred countries. During his six years, as Secretary, Dr. Clough kept a detailed journal of his experiences and discoveries while on his travels, ranging from anthropology in Antarctica to pre-Columbian history in Peru, from astrophysics in the Andes and the mountains of Hawaii to coral reef ecosystems off the coast of Belize, and from climate change in Wyoming to preserving endangered species in Kenya and Panama. This volume offers a firsthand perspective on the Smithsonian's global relevance in these progressive fields.


  • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)
  • Mpala Wildlife Foundation


Smithsonian History Bibliography


The book is lavishly illustrated with photographs of the Smithsonian at work.

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,




  • Coral reefs and islands
  • Climate
  • Coral reef ecology
  • Environmental sciences
  • Environmental policy
  • Anthropology
  • Ecology
  • Astronomy
  • Wyoming
  • Climatology
  • Environmental protection


  • Wyoming
  • Panama
  • Hawaii
  • Belize
  • Antarctica
  • Kenya
  • Peru



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Number of pages: 274; Page numbers: 1-268

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