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"EcoDaredevils" Needed to Take On Environmental Challenges, Says J. Nichols '89

"EcoDaredevils" Needed to Take On Environmental Challenges, Says J. Nichols '89

April 25, 2008

Nichols 5.jpgApril 25, 2008, Greencastle, Ind. - "Everywhere I go, I meet EcoDaredevils," writes Wallace J. Nichols, senior scientist at the Ocean Conservancy and 1989 graduate of DePauw University, in an op-ed timed to coincide with this week's commemoration of Earth Day. "They are debating, creating, evolving -- yes, sometimes crashing -- but always, always coming back for more."

Dr. Nichols, a marine biologist responsible for pioneering research on the migration of sea turtles, calls upon readers to be inspired -- as he was as a child -- by Evel Knievel, who attempted a motorcycle jump of Idaho's Snake River Canyon. Of the environmental challenges the world faces, Nichols writes, "Jumping this chasm will be the greatest challenge we have ever faced. It will require revolutionary changes in society and technology. To succeed, we must be brave, creative and outspoken. We must undertake the audacious, the impossible and the dangerous. We must risk our financial, social and physical comfort. In other words, we must become EcoDaredevils."

J Nichols Waterside.jpgRead the complete text at College News.org.

Nichols, who goes by his middle initial, majored in biology at DePauw and later earned a master's degree from Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment '92 and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in wildlife and fisheries science and evolutionary biology. He is one of nine "eco-all-stars" cited in the March 2008 issue of Outside magazine. Nichols is also president of the International Sea Turtle Society, a researcher for the California Academy of Sciences, and is seen in Leonardo DiCaprio's documentary, The 11th Hour.

J. Nichols returned to campus in the fall to participate in DePauw Discourse 2007. A summary of his remarks -- including video and audio clips -- can be found in this previous story.