VIRTUAL DSS | Seeking the American Tropics: South Florida’s Early Naturalists by James A. Kushlan
11-November from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
VIRTUAL Distinguished Speaker Series | Seeking the American Tropics: South Florida’s Early Naturalists by James A. Kushlan
Thursday, November 11, 2021, from 4 pm to 5 pm
Dr. James A. Kushlan’s book, Seeking the American Tropics: South Florida’s Early Naturalists reveals the stories of explorers, pioneers, naturalists, and scientists who over centuries unveiled the tropical environment of South Florida. During this talk, Dr. Kushlan examines these scientific contributions critically, places them in a historical context, illustrates how exploration has so often trumped conservation throughout history, and exposes how much of this natural world we have already lost in this vivid portrait of the Florida of yesterday.
About the Presenter:
Author of 10 books and over 250 articles, James A. Kushlan’s writing shares with a wide audience his perspectives on science, conservation, and natural history, and the connections among them. He has written extensively on the natural history and human history of South Florida, exemplified in his recent book, Seeking the American Tropics, South Florida’s Early Naturalists. He also has co-authored Dry Tortugas National Park, a history of the Dry Tortugas. An authority on waterbirds and the Florida Everglades, he has been a wildlife biologist, research center director, university professor, Smithsonian research associate, president of the American Ornithological Society, founder and chair of international conservation initiatives, and a board member of numerous professional and civic organizations such as HistoryMiami Museum, Zoo Miami Foundation, and the Everglades Foundation. His next book is Everglades National Park, a history of the southern Everglades. He lives in Coconut Grove. More background is available at www.JamesAKushlan.com.
The Distinguished Speaker Series is sponsored by the Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, The Helmerich Trust, Aloys & Carol Metty, and The John & Marilyn Rintamaki Family Charitable Fund