Carr's use of narrative to understand nature set him apart from most other scientists. He incorporated local stories and myths in to his technical and popular writings. Everywhere he went in search of nature, Carr found culture, and the humorous and poignant stories of people eking out a living in distant and often desolate places added pathos to the narratives he related in his popular books. Unlike most scientists, Carr readily acknowledged non-expert contributions to his research. Moreover, natural history and ecology, as mastered by Carr, represent narrative exercises. One of Carr's central goals through much of his career was to complete life histories, which is to say the story of life from birth to death, for each of the turtle species of the world. Thus, Carr's use of narrative provides the theoretical tool with which to understand his life and work.
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