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Ever since I was a child, I have been very interested in nature and the environment. I have a B.S. degree in wildlife biology, and have worked as a zookeeper, wildlife biologist, and ecologist. I am conducting a brief survey of world leaders, government officials, religious leaders, corporate CEOs, environmental groups, wildlife experts, and others regarding nature and the environment. I am also very interested in religious views, customs, and beliefs from around the world, and the interactions between religion, culture, society, and the environment. This is something I am doing out of personal interest, and is not connected to any group or organization. I have been working on this project since the summer of 2006, and hope to eventually turn it into a book and/or documentary. I am hoping to make this into a global project, with responses from all segments of society. Feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions or comments. If you have not already done so, I hope that you will consider taking part in my project, and please spread the word to anyone you think might be interested! Thanks for stopping by!


August 02, 2006

Eviatar Nevo

Professor of Evolutionary Biology; Director- Institute of Evolution and the International Graduate Center of Evolution, University of Haifa, Israel

Today’s Date: 2 August 2006

1. What interaction with an animal and/or nature in your life has had the biggest impact on you?

Many interactions including: Studying blind subterranean mammals, Spalax; Studying wild emmer wheat, Triticum dicoccoides; Studying the microscale model of "Evolution Canyon". You can get information on all the above in our website

2. Did you have a favorite place in the great outdoors during your childhood?

Nature outings

Now? "Evolution Canyon" as a microscale model of life from bacteria to mammals

3. As a former zookeeper, I would love to know what your favorite animal is, and why?

Blind subterranean mole rats, Spalax. After studying them more than 50 years they opened my eyes as to evolution in action including adaptation and speciation. They are the best studied wild mammals (interdisciplinarily): +300 papers and two books. Now they become very important to human gene therapy.

4. What do you think is the greatest environmental challenge facing us now, and what do you think will be the greatest challenge in the future?

The greatest challenge is still the ongoing population explosion and the destruction of the environment and biodiversity. Then come the challenges of global warming and environmental pollution.

5. If you could give everyone one piece of advice regarding the environment and our natural resources, what would it be?


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