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The Making of a Naturalist: Bill Stanley

Posted by Richard Conniff on January 29, 2016

Bill Stanley, a mammalogist at the Field Museum, prematurely appeared on the Wall of the Dead last year, after succumbing  to a heart attack, age 58, while running a trapline for rare species in Ethiopia.

Now the Field Museum has posted a nice video about the flipping of a switch that turns a kid into a naturalist. Check it out.


2 Responses to “The Making of a Naturalist: Bill Stanley”

  1. roundjohn said

    Yes! Mothers and bearded Irishmen…is there anything they can’t do? (Aubrey de Grey isn’t Irish, is he?) Incidentally, what does it mean to “run a trapline?”

    • Mammalogists typically set out box traps along a line, at 50-foot or so intervals. Then they have to go check them several times a day, usually at ungodly hours, up hill and down dale, to see if they have caught anything.

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