Invited Speaker

Dr. Harry W. Greene

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Dr. Harry W. Greene, Ph.D., is emeritus professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Cornell University and adjunct professor of integrative biology at University of Texas at Austin. He graduated from Texas Wesleyan in 1968, served three years as an army medic, then earned an M.A. from University of Texas at Arlington and a Ph.D. from University of Tennessee. Before moving to Cornell, he was professor and curator in the University of California, Berkeley’s Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. Harry has taught behavior, vertebrate natural history, herpetology, introductory biology, evolution, and field ecology, all the while studying animals in more than a dozen countries. His honors include Berkeley’s Distinguished Teaching Award, Edward O. Wilson Naturalist Award, Henry S. Fitch Award for Excellence in Herpetology, and Cornell’s highest teaching prize, a Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellowship. In 2013 Business Insider named him one of Cornell’s “Top Ten Professors” and in 2014 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Now back in Texas, he divides time between Austin and a ranch in the Hill Country, where he pampers Longhorns with names like Pancho and Lefty while writing a book about wildness. Harry’s Snakes: The Evolution of Mystery in Nature, earned a PEN Literary Award, Commonwealth Club of California’s Silver Medal, and a place on the New York Times 100 Most Notable Books list. His more recent Tracks and Shadows: Field Biology as Art, was highly praised in Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Science, Nature, Current Biology, The Sciences, Natural History, and Times Higher Education.

Talk title:

Rattlesnakes and risk: Rural-biocultural perspectives