On February 19, 2009, WKU Librariesâ€™ Far Away Places Series featured Doug McElroy , a Professor of Biology at WKU, who talked about the Galapagos Island.
His articles have appeared in the Journal of Wildlife Management, the Encyclopedia of Genetics and many others. Heâ€™s taken students to E. Africa to study African Game Species. Most recently in June of 2007 he led a combined student/alumni study abroad group to the Galapagos for a course entitled â€œBiology in a Social Context: Galapagos and Ecuador.â€ In addition to examining biodiversity â€œhotspotsâ€ they discussed “ecotourism, bioprospecting and the property rights of indigenous peoples.â€
Itâ€™s very timely presentation since this year is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, who became one of the islandâ€™s most celebrated visitors when he reached there on the HMS Beagle on September 15, 1835.
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