Scholar to Speak on 'The Man Who Saved Sea Turtles'
Dr. Frederick Davis
Lawton Chiles Center for Florida History Welcomes Dr. Frederick Davis
LAKELAND, Fla. (Jan. 4, 2010) − Florida Southern Colleges Lawton Chiles Center for Florida History welcomes Dr. Frederick Fritz Davis, associate professor of history at Florida State University. His lecture on The Man Who Saved Sea Turtles: Archie Carr and the Origins of Conservation Biology takes place at 7 p.m. Jan. 14 in the William M. Hollis Seminar Room of the Thad Buckner Building on the FSC campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Carr, the worlds authority on the ecology and conservation of sea turtles for most of his distinguished career, was a professor at the University of Florida and a gifted nature writer. His popular books, which chronicled his own studies and adventures, were accessible to even the most science-phobic readers. His studies of the ecology and migration of green turtles are widely credited with helping to save the species from extinction.
An avid and lifelong naturalist, Dr. Davis wrote his thesis about Dr. Carrs work while completing his masters degree in the history of science at the University of Florida. After completing his Ph.D. at Yale, he returned to studying Dr. Carr and wrote his biography, The Man Who Saved Sea Turtles. At Florida State University, Dr. Davis teaches the history of science and medicine and environmental history. He recently received a two-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to complete his second book, Pesticides and Toxicology: A Century of Environmental Health, and he is working on a three-year collaborative research grant from the National Science Foundation, which seeks to strengthen graduate education in biology and the history and philosophy of science.
Fritz Davis has captured the essence of Archie Carrs work to save sea turtles in his fine new book, says Dr. James M. Denham, director of the Lawton Chiles Center for Florida History. His talk will be of great interest to all those who want to understand this important part of Floridas conservation.
For more information, please contact the Lawton Chiles Center for Florida History at 863.680.3001.