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Harry W. Greene, professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and curator of vertebrates at Cornell University, will discuss "Darwin, Kant and Biodiversity" Thursday, April 15, at Old Dominion University.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 8 p.m. in the Mills Godwin Jr. Life Sciences Building Auditorium. The Natural History Lecturer for the 2003-04 ODU President's Lecture Series, Greene conducts research and teaches in the areas of behavioral ecology, evolution and conservation of predators, including desert and tropical rain forest snakes. He has traveled to North, Central and South America, as well as Europe, Africa and Asia, to conduct fieldwork. He now works mainly in the borderlands of Arizona, Texas and Mexico.

During his 27-year career, Greene has received several honors, including the University of California, Berkeley, Distinguished Teaching Award and the American Society of Naturalists Edward Osborne Wilson Award. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the California Academy of Sciences, and is president of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.

Greene earned his bachelor's degree from Texas Wesleyan College, a master's from the University of Texas at Arlington and doctorate from the University of Tennessee. He previously was a professor of integrative biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and curator of herpetology at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. He currently serves as a consulting editor for the journal Organisms and Environments, published by the University of California Press.

He is the author of more than 140 scientific and popular publications. His first book, "Snakes: The Evolution of Mystery in Nature," was reviewed in Natural History, Science, Nature, Time and The New York Times. The book won a PEN Center West Literary award for nonfiction and a Silver Medal from the Commonwealth Club of California. He is currently writing "Chiricahua Blacktails: The Natural History of a Montane Rattlesnake" with D.L. Hardy Sr. and "Tracks and Shadows: Field Biology as Art" to be published by the University of California Press.

For more information about the lecture call 683-3114.

This article was posted on: March 15, 2004

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