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Professor wins W. Frank Blair Eminent Naturalist Award

Thursday, May 8, 2008

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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.

Dr. 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.

The Southwestern 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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