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Published: 12 July 2007

336 Pages | 37 halftones and line drawings


ISBN: 9780195310771

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The Man Who Saved Sea Turtles

Archie Carr and the Origins of Conservation Biology

Frederick R. Davis

  • Carrs study of turtles and herpetology spanned five decades (1937-1987) and his work reflected major shifts in the study of ecology and evolution across that period.
  • More than any other individual, Carr was responsible for the international conservation of sea turtles through his efforts with the Caribbean Conservation Corporation.
  • Carr was a gifted nature writer and his stories made accessible to a wide popular audience the natural history of sea turtles and the culture of places such as Florida, the Caribbean, and Africa.
  • Carr contributed to the origin of conservation biology by example and through the ongoing work of his many students.
  • With Archie Carr as the primary focus, The Man who Saved Sea Turtles explores the evolution of naturalist tradition, biology, and conservation during the twentieth century.
  • Out of Carrs efforts with the Caribbean Conservation Corporation grew an important biological station at Tortuguero, Costa Rica, which continues to train an international group of conservationists. Part of the authors research was conducted at the research station.

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