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The Man Who Saved Sea Turtles: Archie Carr and the Origins of Conservation Biology

Biography / Memoir

By: Frederick Rowe Davis(Author)

312 pages, 37 b/w photos and illustrations

Oxford University Press USA

Paperback | Sep 2012 | #197319 | ISBN-13: 9780199913824
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Hardback | Jul 2007 | #202049 | ISBN-13: 9780195310771
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Archie Carr, one of the greatest biologists of the twentieth century, played a leading part in finding a new and critical role for natural history and systematics in a post-1950s world dominated by the glamorous science of molecular biology. With the rise of molecular biology came a growing popular awareness of species extinction. Carr championed endangered sea turtles, and his work reflects major shifts in the study of ecology and evolution. A gifted nature writer, his books on the natural history of sea turtles and their habitats in Florida, the Caribbean, and Africa entertained and educated a wide audience. Carr's conservation ethic grew from his field work as well as his friendships with the fishermen who supplied him with many of the stories he retold so engagingly. With Archie Carr as the focus, The Man Who Saved Sea Turtles explores the evolution of the naturalist tradition, biology, and conservation during the twentieth century.



- Parallel Paths in Nature
- Dear Dr. Barbour
- Exploring Tropical Ecology in Honduras
- Study and Conservation of Sea Turtles
- The Ecology and Migrations of Sea Turtles
- In Africa on Ulendo
- "And for the turtles!" International Conservation Efforts
- Further Results of Sea Turtle Research and Conservation Biology
- Home to Florida


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An avid and lifelong naturalist, Frederick Rowe Davis studied the history of science at Harvard, the University of Florida, and Yale, where he completed his doctorate. Currently, he is associate professor of history at Florida State University. He teaches the history of science and environmental history.

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