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Genes, Rats, and Sinking Boats: A Biographical Perspective on James L. Patton

Javier A. Rodríguez-Robles and Harry W. Greene

in Mammalian Diversification

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780520098534
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520916098 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520098534.003.0001
Genes, Rats, and Sinking Boats: A Biographical Perspective on James L. Patton

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This chapter presents a biographical sketch of James L. Patton, who served as Professor of Integrative Biology at the University of California in Berkeley and as Curator of Mammals in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology (MVZ) from 1969 until his retirement in 2001. It summarizes Patton's numerous professional accomplishments and provides insights into the personality underlying them. The chapter also highlights the contribution of Patton in advancing studies of vertebrate evolutionary biology through his tireless pursuit of excellence in research and teaching.

Keywords: James L. Patton; professor; curator; University of California; MVZ; evolutionary biology; mammals; vertebrate; excellence in research; teaching

Chapter.  16567 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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