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Professors Martin Speight and James Nolan to Visit The Gunnery in February as Part of Speaker Series

As part of its ongoing Speaker Series, The Gunnery is proud to present Martin Speight, D.Phil, Emeritus Professor in Zoology at the University of Oxford, England on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 7 p.m. and James Nolan, Ph.D., Washington Gladden 1859 Professor of Sociology at Williams College, on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 7 p.m. Both speakers will present in the Ogden D. Miller Memorial Athletic Center, Lower Gym and the community is invited to attend. Admission is free. 
Speight, who holds a bachelor’s degree in marine zoology from the University of Wales, Bangor, and a doctoral degree in applied entomology from the University of York, will speak about the biology and environmental science of coral reefs. During his visit to The Gunnery, Speight will also visit with students in the school’s biology and environmental science classes, where he will discuss  3-D mapping of reefs, the management of coastal fisheries, and the progression of the lionfish invasion in the Caribbean.

Speight has lectured at Oxford University since 1975 and became a Tutorial Fellow in Biology at St. Anne’s College in Oxford in 1978. He was a Reader of Zoology and Associate Professor at Oxford and served for more than 10 years as Director of Undergraduate Teaching and Admissions Coordinator for the Biological Sciences at Oxford prior to his retirement in October 2017. Speight currently serves as an Emeritus Fellow in Biology at St. Anne’s, and as scientific advisor and science communicator with Operation Wallacea, a conservation research organization. He also is a Trustee and Chairman of the Wallacea Trust.

Speight’s research interests include tropical ecology, rainforest impacts and animal diversity, and coral reef ecology including mangroves and seagrass. His work has taken him to Honduras, Puerto Rico, Tobago, the British Virgin Islands, Zanzibar (Tanzania), Kenya, Mozambique, Sri Lanka, Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah, Indonesia, Australia. His publications include “Insect Pests in Tropical Forests,” 2001 (second edition 2010) with Ross Wylie, “Ecology of Insects: Concepts and Applications” (second edition 2008) with Mark D. Hunter and Allan D. Watt, and “Marine Ecology” ( 2009) with Peter Henderson.

Nolan will speak about his latest research project, “Delivering Little Boy,” which focuses on the Manhattan Project and the nuclear age. Notably, Nolan’s grandfather worked on the Manhattan Project.

Nolan is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship and a Fulbright scholarship, among other awards, and has been a visiting fellow at Oxford University, Loughborough University, and the University of Notre Dame. He has also authored several books, including “What They Saw in America: Alexis de Tocqueville, Max Weber, G.K. Chesterton, and Sayyid Qutb,” published in 2016.

Nolan received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis, and his master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in sociology. His teaching and research interests fall within the general areas of law and society, culture, technology and social change, and historical comparative sociology. His previous books include “Legal Accents, Legal Borrowing: The International Problem-Solving Court Movement” (2009); “Reinventing Justice: The American Drug Court Movement” (2001), and “The Therapeutic State: Justifying Government at Century’s End” (1998).

Registration for The Gunnery Speaker Series is not required. Directions and a campus map can be found online at https://www.gunnery.org/page/directions. For additional information, please call (860) 350-0177.


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