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Ecologist Speaks on Biodiversity and Preservation at Davison

October 19, 2000
Contact: Bill Giduz 704/894-2244 or bigiduz@davidson.edu

by Alexandra Obregon

J. Whitfield Gibbons, professor of ecology at the University of Georgia's Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, will present a talk on "Our Nation's Hidden Biodiversity" at Davidson College on Thursday, October 26. Gibbons' free public lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. in Room 146 of Dana Science Building, and will deal with the living world of reptiles and amphibians that few people see.
Whit Gibbons
Ecologist Whit Gibbons will speak on October 26.

Gibbons is head of the Environmental Outreach and Education program. He says reptiles and amphibians are among the most valuable biological resources in North Carolina and the Southeast, but also among the most maligned. He believes that most people are unaware of the impact everyday human activities on these species, and through educational presentations he attempts to rally support for efforts to protect them.

Gibbons believes that if individuals were more aware of the spectacular beauty, and environmental importance of the reptiles and amphibians, they would be more supportive of efforts to protect them.

Gibbons received his bachelors and masters degrees in biology from the University of Alabama, and his Ph.D. in zoology from Michigan State University. He is author or editor of eight books on herpetology and ecology and has published more than 150 articles in scientific journals. He is also author of more than 300 popular articles on ecology in magazines and newspapers, including a weekly environmental column "Ecoviews" distributed by the New York Times Regional Newspaper Group. Recently, Gibbons wrote "Reptile and Amphibian Study," a merit badge booklet for the Boy Scouts of America.

Gibbons is a frequent banquet speaker at meetings, both civic and scientific, and gives more than 50 talks each year to college and pre-college school groups. For more information on his talk at Davidson, call 894-2727.

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