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LECTURE: Darwin, Odum, and Ecological Challenges for the 21st Century

Odum 50/10: Celebrating the founding of the Institute of Ecology and Odum School of Ecology
Fall 2017
Sep. 14, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Richard B. Russell Special Collections Library auditorium

This Special Collections Library lecture “Darwin, Odum, and Ecological Challenges for the 21st Century,” by James W. Porter, Meigs Professor of Ecology Emeritus, is part of several on-campus Odum 50 / 10 Anniversary celebrations.

Founded in 1967, the Institute of Ecology offered the first Ph.D. in Ecology; the University of Georgia followed its own lead in 2007 by establishing the world’s first deanship-led School of Ecology.

This Special Collections Library event will consist of a 45-minute talk by Dr. Porter, followed by an audience-led discussion relating to the past, present, and future of ecology at Georgia. This audience discussion will be moderated by Dr. Betty Jean Craige and Dr. David Coleman, Emerita and Emeritus faculty from Comparative Literature and Ecology, respectively.

Dr. Porter’s talk will describe scientific advancements made by Darwin and Odum in their mid-Pacific atoll research. He will use this ground-breaking 19th and 20th century science to highlight environmental challenges for the 21st century.

On display at this event, in Special Collections Room 258, will be a first edition, first printing copy of Charles Darwin’s The Structure and Distribution of Coral Reefs (1842) plus specimens and materials from Gene Odum’s Eniwetok Atoll expedition.

The lecture will be followed by a reception in the Richard B. Russell Special Collections Library exhibition hallway.