Folklore and Field Biology: A Memoir


Timothy H. Evans (Western Kentucky University)

As a folklorist who grew up in a family of field biologists, the conference theme has led me to reflect on my own background, and on similarities in the occupational cultures of both disciplines. These include the skills of close observation, emphasis on details, and on the relationships of these details to broad patterns in the natural and human worlds. Implicit in both is activism, a need to be a voice for conservation and for an ethical attitude toward the world around us. My paper will be largely a memoir, with consideration of how these fields can be a shared enterprise.

Part of 34-04 Exploring the Human and the Natural World, Wednesday, October 20, 2:15 pm–3:45 pm