CSU, Chico News

Famed Biologist to Speak on Wilderness Research

Date: 02-17-2010

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

George Schaller, one of the most highly regarded field biologists in the world, will speak at California State University, Chico Friday, Feb. 19, at 4 p.m. in Holt 170. Schaller’s talk is titled “The last of the silence: Wildlife studies in the world’s wilderness.”

The talk is part of the spring 2010 seminar series sponsored by the Department of Biological Sciences and Omicron Theta Epsilon, CSU, Chico’s biological sciences honor society.

The talk and seminar series are free and open to the public.

Schaller has done trail-blazing work on mammals such as mountain gorillas and Africa’s big cats. His honors include National Geographic’s Lifetime Achievement Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the World Wildlife Fund’s Gold Medal.

Schaller is the author of numerous books, including “The Mountain Gorilla – Ecology and Behavior,” “The Last Panda” and “Serengeti Lion: A Study of Predator-Prey Relations,” for which he won the National Book Award.

Schaller is a senior conservationist at the Wildlife Conservation Society and is vice president of Panthera, an organization dedicated to the preservation of the world’s 36 species of wild cats.