Paul B. Sears: The Role of Ecology in Conservation
Creators:Disinger, John F.
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Citation:The Ohio Journal of Science, v109, n4-5 (December, 2009), 88-90.
Paul B. Sears made his mark in four interrelated fields: botany, natural history, ecology and conservation. His personal commitment to, and academic and professional competence in plant sciences paved the way to a rigorous analysis of the intricate interrelationships among living things and their environments that are of central concern to ecologists. However, Sears’ contributions as a conservationist may have been even greater, as he championed the need for coherent communication between the professional scientist and the lay public, especially political decision-makers. He believed that environmental choices can be scientifically sound only to the extent that they understand the nuances and implications of the science underlying their practical concerns and obligations. Sears maintained that scientists must communicate their findings in language that is understandable and with a sense of urgency that can elicit a positive response. Several of his own works, particularly Deserts on the March, clearly exemplify how this can, and should be, accomplished. He also left an enduring contribution to society: a sharpened focus on the meaning and necessity of an ecological perspective on the human role in nature.
Author Institution: School of Natural Resources, The Ohio State University
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