VENUS — Dr. Jim Carrel, a Research Associate at Archbold Biological Station and former professor at the University of Missouri, will give a talk called “50 Years of Field Research at Archbold: How I fell in love with Florida Scrub” this Saturday at 3 p.m. in the East Meeting Room of the Frances Hufty Learning Center at Archbold. Dr. Carrel looks forward to sharing his stories and insights with members of the public as well as the Archbold community. The event is free, everyone welcome, and refreshments (lemonade and cookies) will be provided.
Dr. Carrel began his research at Archbold 50 years ago, in June of 1967. He has made over 70 visits to Archbold, studied over 26 different animal species in a variety of research projects, and published 30 scientific papers on his work at Archbold.
Although retired, Dr. Carrel continues to conduct field studies on spiders and insects at Archbold, he stated, “I find the long hours out in the harsh scrub habitats to be a rejuvenating, almost transcendental experience. In daytime I find it to be quiet and peaceful, hardly an animal can be seen, but at night the scrub comes alive as thousands of animals emerge from their daytime retreats to carry out their life’s agendas. I am in awe of how much myself and others have learned and about how little we really comprehend about the intricate workings of the natural communities at Archbold. To quote Tom Eisner: ‘So many species, so little time.’”
Dr. Carrel will give his talk in two parts. The first part will focus on his many interactions with Richard Archbold, the founder of Archbold Station, and Thomas Eisner, a former research associate at Archbold from Cornell University. The second part will focus on some of his research focused on spiders and insects performed at Archbold.
Archbold Biological Station is an independent, not-for-profit research facility and lies within the Northern Everglades, the lands that drain south into Lake Okeechobee. Archbold’s mission is to build and share the scientific knowledge needed to protect the life, lands, and waters of the heart of Florida and beyond.
Archbold Biological Station is 8 miles south of Lake Placid. The entrance is 1.8 miles south of SR 70 on Old SR 8. Visit us at www.archbold-station.org. During business hours call 863-465-2571.