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The Man Who Saved Sea TurtlesArchie Carr and the Origins of Conservation Biology$
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Frederick R. Davis

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195310771

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310771.001.0001

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Dear Dr. Barbour

Dear Dr. Barbour

(p.32) CHAPTER 3 Dear Dr. Barbour
The Man Who Saved Sea Turtles

Frederick Rowe Davis

Oxford University Press

Thomas Barbour occupied many roles in the lives of Archie and Marjorie Carr: mentor, parent figure, colleague, collaborator, benefactor, role model, and most of all, friend. Over the course of their friendship with Barbour, the Carrs matured as scientists. Archie in particular published extensively as a result of his taxonomic research on the turtle collections at the Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ). Later, when his interests shifted from systematics to ecology and conservation, Carr continued to draw on taxonomy to determine which species most needed protection. In fact, throughout his long career, he cited taxonomy as one of the critical components of conservation. The Carrs reciprocated Barbour's kindness in many ways, from sending oranges to arranging for an honorary doctorate to heaping lavish praise on his popular books. It is possible to identify in the long friendship with Barbour the seeds of the characteristics that would make Carr a renowned scientist, conservationist, and writer.

Keywords:   Thomas Barbour, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, taxonomy, systematics

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