Dr. Carrel
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-- Dean Amadon
-- Frank M. Carpenter
-- E. O. Wilson

Jim Carrel is a naturalist with a focus on the biology of insects and spiders.

Like Anna B. Comstock, Dean Amadon, and many others, as he grew up in rural upstate New York he combined an interest in the natural world with a desire to do science. Jim's early interest in fisheries biology gave way in junior high to a passion for biology and chemistry, especially molds and fermentation, which led quite logically to production of distilled spirits.  Only in college did he develop an interest in arthropods after taking courses taught by Frank M. Carpenter and E. O. Wilson.  Doctoral work with Tom Eisner and his long-time collaborator, Jerrold Meinwald, at Cornell allowed Jim the opportunity to combine his interests in field biology and organic chemistry in the newly emerging discipline of chemical ecology

Starting in June 1967 Jim began to work regularly in south-central Florida at the Archbold Biological Station.  While this region has experienced explosive growth in human population and land conversion since 1970, it also has become recognized as a globally important "hot spot" for biological diversity found in the unique Florida scrub ecosystems at Archbold. The conflicts and tensions between development and preservation have ntensified in the 21st century, resulting in a sense of urgency to conduct additional studies of scrub ecosystems.  Jim collaborates with Mark Deyrup, an entomologist at Archbold, and others to gain a better understanding of the natural history of scrub spiders and insects. 

Jim's family farm, known by the locals as "Twin Cedars" for the two clumps of arbor vitae on the property, was purchased in 1974 by the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation and transformed into Twin Cedars Environment Area. The trails he forged while hunting for game or fossils and the lake used for fishing and ice-skating are open to the public (map).  The A-frame house is an interpretative center.


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