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Submitted Date and Time: 2015-07-27 14:06:37

Title: Jim Deacon: Reflections on a Life Well Spent

Williams, Jack 1

1. Trout Unlimited

Jim Deacon was passionate about desert fishes and the Desert Fishes Council. Jim received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in 1960 and joined the biological science faculty at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas that same year. His career would be marked by key victories in the war for survival of the Devils Hole pupfish, Ash Meadows, Pahrump Valley, the Virgin River, and the many other places where Jim and his students practiced fisheries science and conservation. Despite some impressive victories, Jim’s concerns always were broad based and reflective of a larger struggle: how humans can live sustainably in the desert without destroying nature and themselves. Jim fought hard on these issues, long after he became confined to a wheelchair and long after his retirement as an Emeritus Professor. He provided badly needed leadership at a time when society seemed more concerned with bright lights and fountains along the Las Vegas Strip than with ethics and sustainability. He was a force for biodiversity conservation and received the first annual E.O. Wilson Award for Outstanding Science in Biodiversity Conservation in 2012 from the Center for Biological Diversity. His passion for conservation spread through his family and resulted in many “family projects”, including two particularly prized publications with his grandsons on fish conservation. His family, his students, and his many colleagues continue to benefit from Jim’s leadership as we struggle to find better paths forward.

Entra texto de resumen en español

Presentation Type: Oral
Session: Special symposium
Student Award: No


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