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W&L's Galapagos Experts

When reporter Sandy Hausman of WVTF public radio, in Roanoke, Va., did a feature story about the Galapagos Islands this month, two of her interviewees for “Living Laboratory” were a Washington and Lee emeritus professor and a W&L alumnus.

Scott Henderson, a member of the Class of 1987, lives and works in the Galapagos for Conservation International (CI). Cleveland Hickman, professor emeritus of biology, has written four volumes in the Galapagos Marine Life Series.

Scott is the regional marine conservation director of Eastern Tropical Pacific Seascape in CI’s South American Division. He has conducted research and served as a consultant and as NGO staff primarily in Latin America but also in Africa. According to the CI website, Scott’s main areas of expertise are “marine conservation and science, invasive species, large project development and management and fund-raising with both private and public foundations.” You can read several of Scott’s blog posts and watch him in videos on the CI website.

Cleve taught at Washington and Lee from 1967 to 1994. He’s been researching the Galapagos since 1985, working on the systematics and distribution of the marine invertebrate fauna. He authored the four field guides once he had retired.

Listen to the WVTF piece with Scott and Cleve below:


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