Career of the Month: An Interview With Herpetologist Robert Drewes by: Megan Sullivan

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For the last decade, herpetologist Robert Drewes has documented the biodiversity of São Tomé and Príncipe, two remote islands off the west coast of Africa. These islands are unique for the number of species that live there and only there—many exist nowhere else in the world. For over 40 years, Drewes has researched the evolutionary relationships, biogeography, behavior, and natural history of African reptiles and amphibians. In all, he has traveled to over 30 African countries, where he seeks undescribed new species and tries to discover who is related to whom, and how they got there in the first place.

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  • on Fri Oct 07, 2011 10:40 AM

Do you know what a herpetologist does? Reading the biography of this gentleman provides insight into an exciting and necessary life to understanding biodiversity on Earth. The author recalls a desire to turn over rocks and in his words “biology chose him.” Traveling throughout the many countries in Africa we learn that he is a very busy person with a goal. This article in an interesting read into a sometimes dangerous yet interesting life that could appeal to young adults. .

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Wed May 18, 2011 9:02 AM

I love using the Career of the Month Column to give my students information and ideas about possible careers in science. I incorporate these into our current unit of study so that students can see how scientists apply the concepts they are learning. These columns are written with students in mind and are easy to read.

Ruth Hutson  (Westmoreland, KS)
Ruth Hutson (Westmoreland, KS)

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