Harry W. Greene

Professor and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York, USA

Presentation Title: “Snakes and Primates: An 80-Million-Year-Long Dialog”

Harry Greene holding a snake

Dr. Harry W. Greene

Dr. Harry W. Greene graduated from Texas Wesleyan University in 1968 and served as a medic in the U.S. Army before earning a master of arts degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee.

He was a professor and curator in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at the University of California, Berkeley, for two decades before moving to Cornell in 1999. He has taught vertebrate natural history, herpetology, introductory biology, evolution and biodiversity, and field ecology while studying predator evolution, ecology, and conservation.

Greene’s honors include Berkeley’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the Edward O. Wilson Naturalist Award, and a Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellowship; he was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and California Academy of Sciences; and he served as president of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. In 2013 Business Insider named him one of Cornell’s “Top Ten Professors.”

Greene has written some 200 publications, including Snakes: the Evolution of Mystery in Nature, which won a PEN Literary Award and made the New York Times’ annual list of 100 Most Notable Books. His latest book, Tracks and Shadows: Field Biology as Art, was published in October 2013.

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