| ||"The chapters in the book flow smoothly into each other and the writing style is clear and vibrant. The
abundant boxes and diagrams are easy to understand and are used to good effect.
All in all, this book is a delight to read. More importantly, the insights provided do much to clarify how deserts operate, particularly in a socio-environmental context, how their governance can be improved, and how the lessons learnt from them can benefit the entire nation (and world) in increasingly drying and resource-depleted times."
Bea Somer, Pacific Conservation Biology, Volume 17, No 1, 2011
"It is a treat to read an ecologically based text which not only crystallises current understanding of an environment but also uses this knowledge to offer a way forward in the face of the increasing uncertainty posed by climate change. This book emanates a positive outlook to the end – the final chapter distils a set of responses for ensuring sustainable human livelihoods in the desert. I recommend this book to anyone with a broad interest in arid and semi-arid environments - scientists, graduate students, policy- or decision-makers, managers, and the public. It lives up to its name of providing a blueprint for the management and development of the enchanting arid lands of Australia. Hopefully others will consider its lessons for their corner of the world."
Timothy G O'Connor, Pastoralism: Research, Policy and Practice, 1:11 , 2011
"…an informative and well-written book. I would recommend it to anyone who wishes to gain a broad overview of the ecological and social context of the Australian arid zones, and its management."
Helen P Waudby, Ecological Management & Restoration, Vol 12 No 2, April 2011
"Firstly, it is not a 'dry' (sorry for the pun) academic text, but rather a confronting coverage of the role and importance of desert regions and communities, and their resilience."
Neil Tindale, Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, Vol 17, September 2010
"…simply expressed message of this book is that we can learn lessons from the highly evolved strategies of the inhabitants of the deserts, including the humans, that will help Australians to appreciate and to utilise efficiently their lean red land."
Peter Moore, Bulletin of the British Ecological Society 2010, Vol 41:3
"…a highly engaging volume which readily conveys complex dryland science in a tangible manner. Overall, Dry Times is an insightful and timely book which is highly relevant to planning and adapting to water stress, desertification and related effects of climate change. Though the book is mostly focussed on Australian deserts, the lessons of the book draw on a well established global science program and relate to a broader international context."
Thomas G Measham, Landscape and Urban Planning, 2010
"…a provocative primer on desert life, with an emphasis on innovations and adaptations not only to the extreme variability and aridity of desert environments, but also to the remoteness from centres of population, power and governance."
Maria E Fernandez-Gimenez, African Journal of Range & Forage Science, 27(2) 2010