Darwin, Praeger and the Clare Island Surveys
This beautifully illustrated, 48-page book leads the reader through the story of how Darwin came by his ideas, how Robert Lloyd Praeger and other Irish scientists were influenced by them, and how this brought about the gathering of eminent researchers from all over Europe to a small exposed Atlantic island, culminating in the publication of the Clare Island Survey. Darwin, Praeger and the Clare Island Surveys celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Clare Island Survey and the 150th anniversary of the publication of The Origin of Species by showing how Praeger and his co-workers on the Clare Island Survey strove to investigate some of the questions at the heart of Darwin's work, 'throwing light on the question of island life and the problems of dispersal.' The book also considers the relevance of the first surveys findings today, highlighting the work of the modern New Survey of Clare Island (1992-2009) and the unique insights gained into the increasingly important issues of turnover of species, climate change, and loss of habitat.
Publication Date: 6/9/2009