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“Wildlife Ecology: A ‘Residential’ Environmental Science”
Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 3:00pm

The University Honors Program presents:

Robert Kohler, "Wildlife Ecology: A ‘Residential' Environmental Science."

The University Honors Program is delighted to announce the revival of the Visiting Scholars lecture series in celebration of the fortieth anniversary of the program at Portland State University.

When: Thursday, April 23rd, 2009
Where: Smith Memorial Student Union, room 236
Time:  3:00 pm

For further information visit the University Honors Program webpage:


Professor Robert Kohler joins us from the Department of History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania. During his career he has worked extensively on the history of the biological sciences and in 2004 he was awarded the prestigious Sarton Medal for lifetime achievement in the history of science by the History of Science Society. His lecture, "Wildlife Ecology: A ‘Residential' Environmental Science," provides a biographical account of two scientists, Paul Errington and Aldo Leopold, and their careers in the 1930s and 1940s. He is particularly interested in their mode of field practice that he defines as "residential" fieldwork.

Professor Kohler is the author of several books on the history of biological sciences, including most recently his All Creatures: Naturalists, Collectors, and Biodiversity, 1850-1950 (Princeton University Press, 2006) and Landcapes and Labscapes: Exploring the Lab-Field Border in Biology (University of Chicago Press, 2002).