Dempsey Lecture Features Biologist

Michael SouleDr. Michael Soule, professor emeritus of environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, will deliver the 2003 Dempsey Lecture at Willamette University Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 8 p.m. in Hudson Hall, Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center. The title of his lecture is "Can Creation Be Saved?" Admission is free.

A graduate of San Diego State and Stanford University, he has done field work in Africa, Mexico, the Adriatic, the West Indies and Colorado. He has written and edited nine books on biology, conservation biology and the social context of contemporary conservation. He has published more than 150 articles on such topics as population and evolutionary biology, population genetics, island biogeography, environmental studies, biodiversity policy, nature conservation and ethics.

As one of the world's leading experts in population biology and island biogeography theory, he is the author or editor of seminal books including Conservation Biology: An Evolutionary-Ecological Synthesis (1980), Conservation and Evolution (1981), Viable Populations for Conservation (1987) and Research Priorities for Conservation Biology (1989).

He was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; has received a Guggenheim Fellowship; is the sixth recipient of the Archie Carr Medal; was named by Audubon Magazine in 1998 as one of the 100 Champions of Conservation of the 20th Century, and is a recipient of the National Wildlife Federation's 2001 National Conservation Achievement Award.

Soule was the founder and first president of the Society for Conservation Biology, has served on the board for the National Research Council and is a founding and active member of the Wildlands Project.

Now living in Colorado, Soule works to restore wildlife habitat, consults internationally on nature protection and collaborates with other biologists.

The lecture is sponsored by the Dempsey Foundation.