We are immensely grateful to those who provided financial support for our Bellagio meeting and for the preparation of this book inspired by it: the Rockefeller Foundation in New York and in Bellagio, and the staff of the Bellagio Study Center, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg, and the Tauber Fund. At the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, we acknowledge the former deans of the College of Natural Science and Mathematics and Steven Goodwin, dean of the newly organized College of Natural Sciences. We are particularly thankful to Provost Charlena Seymour, formerly dean of the graduate school (now at Simmons College), and to Michael Williams, formerly chairman of our superb Geosciences Department. LM is especially grateful for Balliol College’s resident Eastman Professorship privilege in 2008–09.
Colleagues and friends who contributed information and/or direct aid in the preparation of the book include Ian Baldwin, Stephen Bell, Betsy Blunt, Baruch Blumberg, Martin Brasier, Lois Brynes, Karl Campbell, E. Canale-Parola, Emily Case, Michael Chapman, Kendra Clark, Bruce Clarke, Rita Colwell, James di Properzio, Michael Dolan, Galina Dubinina, Paul Evans, Sean Faulkner, Alder Fuller, Andrew Graham, Stephan Harding, Ricardo Guerrero, Judith Hooper, Ching Kung, Christie Lyons, Daniel Guerrero Miracle, Jennifer Margulis di Properzio, Denis Noble, Brian Ogilvie, Jeremy Sagan, Alex Salheny, Jan Sapp, Melishia Santiago, Theodore Sargent, Dennis Searcy, Richard Teresi, William Irwin Thompson, Neil Todd, Dennis Steiner, Alfred Tauber, James Walker, Sarah Whatmore, Andrew Wier, Richard Wilkie, Kathy Willis, and Stewart Wilson. Judith Herrick Beard and Erin Idehenre were fine editor-typists. Dianne Bilyak, our excellent developmental editor, dealt with the contributors of prose, illustrations, references, and other information. We thank Joni Pradad, Brianne Goodspeed, Jonathan (p.xviii) Teller-Ellsberg, Emily Foote, and Margo-the-Magnificent at Chelsea Green Publishing Company. We acknowledge Idalia Rodriguez and Laurie Godfrey, both of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, for their knowledge of primatology and their generous aid in the preparation of chapter 15. We thank Robert Sternberg and his magnificent documentary film Hopeful Monsters for help with the content and the form of chapter 16.
Eileen Crist, Harold Morowitz, Bruce Rinker, the late Stephen Schneider, and John Cobb Jr. helped us land the final manuscript where it belonged: in the hands of our capable, familiar science-environmental editor at the MIT Press. Clay Morgan and his remarkably literate colleagues Laura Callen and Paul Bethge continue to help us complete our “consciousness project,” which has been in the works since 2003. Our Environmental Evolution course, begun in 1972 at Boston University, continued in 1989 at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and will be taught in 2011–12. Since we developed its textbook in its first and second editions (L. Margulis and L. Olendzenski, eds., Environmental Evolution: The Effect of the Origin and Evolution of Life on Planet Earth, MIT Press, 1992; L. Margulis, C. Matthews, and A. Haselton, eds., Environmental Evolution: The Effect of the Origin and Evolution of Life on Planet Earth, second edition, MIT Press, 2000) and published our earliest Bellagio meeting proceedings (L. Margulis and R. Fester, eds., Symbiosis as a Source of Evolutionary Innovation: Speciation and Morphogenesis, MIT Press, 1991), it has always been a pleasure to work with the MIT Press.