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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Pulitzer-winning nature expert to lecture at Stetson

DELAND -- As an adventure-seeking nature boy, Edward O. Wilson lost sight in one eye after a fishing accident.

He turned his attention to ants and other little creatures he could hold in his hand. By 13, he made his first discovery, a colony of non-native fire ants near his home in Alabama.

More than 60 years later, Wilson is a world-famous biologist whose work has earned him two Pulitzer Prizes. And he's coming to DeLand.

He will deliver "Can Nature Be Saved? Science, Religion and Our Future" Monday night at Stetson University. Doors at the Edmunds Center open at 6:30 and the capacity is 2,000. The 79-year-old Wilson holds the title of Pellegrino University research professor in entomology for the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University.

As a myrmecologist -- one who studies ants -- Wilson helped, in the 1960s, to develop the theory of island biogeography, an approach to assessing species' richness in natural communities. He later published a Pulitzer Prize-winning volume, "The Ants."read more...

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