Leading scientist discusses Charles Darwin
RELEASED: Feb. 1, 2007
DANVILLE, KY—Centre College will host a public lecture by Tim M. Berra, Professor Emeritus of evolution, ecology and organismal biology at The Ohio State University Mansfield campus. The lecture, titled "Charles Darwin: The Man (1809-1882)" will take place on Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 101 of Young Hall.
Berra's lecture will cover the life of Darwin from birth to death, including commentary on his family, friends, books and significance to Western thought.
"Not only is Dr. Berra an expert on the biology of fishes, he has also become one of the country's leading authorities on the life of Charles Darwin and the creationism/evolution controversy," says Mike Barton, Stodghill Professor of biology at Centre. "His talk promises to be an insightful and thought-provoking investigation of the life of the scientist who has provided the foundation upon which modern biology rests."
Berra received a Ph.D. in biology from Tulane University in 1969. He is a two-time recipient of Fulbright Fellowships to Australia, and he taught at the University of Papua New Guinea before joining the faculty of OSU in 1972. Over the last 35 years he has spent seven years doing fieldwork in Australia.
Berra is the author of more than 66 scientific papers and five books, including Evolution and the Myth of Creationism, published by Stanford University Press in 1990. He is the former editor of The Ohio Journal of Science and was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Columbus Zoo.
A Research Associate at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory in Australia, Berra spent most of 2001 working on the life history of the nurseryfish. He returned to Australia in 2003, 2004 and 2005 to continue nurseryfish fieldwork.Berra will also give a talk earlier in the day on his fish research in Australia: "Chasing Nurseryfish and Avoiding Crocodiles in Northern Australia." The lecture, sponsored by Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society, will take place at 4 p.m. in Room 202 of Young Hall.
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