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Does culture stand in the way of science?

Cara J

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Registration for The Wildlife Society’s 24th Annual Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is now open! Members can register through Your Membership. For more information on the conference, and non-member registration, click here. Everybody is brought up in some type of cultural background — but can those hinder the quest for new areas of research? Last year’s Aldo Leopold award winner Dale McCullough plans to discuss how culture can cause resistance when new scientific results contradict conventional wisdom in his keynote address at The Wildlife Society’s 24th annual conference in September. Sometimes, McCullough said, conventional wisdom “turns out to be more conventional than wisdom.” McCullough earned a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management from South Dakota State University, a master’s degree from Oregon State University and a doctoral degree in zoology from the University of California Berkeley, where he retired as Professor Emeritus in 2004. He has published 10 books and many other publications. After obtaining his PhD in 1966, McCullough joined the faculty at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and spent the next 28 years researching white-tailed deer on the E.S. George Reserve in Livingston County, Michigan. and working with graduate students on a variety of species. In 1980, he [...]


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