ARLINGTON - The Southwestern Association of Naturalists 2007 W. Frank Blair
Eminent Naturalist Award has been presented to Dr. Jonathan Campbell,
professor and chair of the Biology Department at The University of
Texas at Arlington. The award recognizes excellence in a lifetime of
commitment to outstanding study or conservation of the flora or fauna
of the southwestern United States, Mexico and Central America.
Campbell has a long history of distinguished research, which he
actively continues. He is recognized as a world expert on the
amphibians and reptiles of the Americas and his work in remote areas of
Central America has resulted in the discovery and description of over
100 vertebrates new to science, including more than 10 percent of the
known amphibians and reptiles of Guatemala.
He has published over
130 peer-reviewed papers and authored or edited five books, including
“Venomous Reptiles of the Western Hemisphere” (2004). He has mentored
more than two dozen graduate students, promoted international
cooperative efforts to study the herpetological fauna of Mexico, and
was instrumental in the construction of the Amphibian and Reptile
Diversity Research Center at UT Arlington.
Association of Naturalists is an international association of
scientists, educators and students, founded in 1953 to promote the
field study of plants and animals (living and fossil) in the
southwestern United States, Mexico, and Central America. The award was
announced last year and presented to Dr. Campbell at the annual meeting
held in April at the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tenn.Dr.
Campbell can be reached at (817) 272-2406.
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