File MS-2-789, Box 13, Folders 11-12 - Photographs of wildlife, rain forests, and people in South America

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Photographs of wildlife, rain forests, and people in South America

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MS-2-789, Box 13, Folders 11-12

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  • 1988, 1999-2001 (Creation)
    Freedman, Bill

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222 photographs : col. slides ; 35 mm

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Bill Freedman, born January 20, 1950, was a dedicated naturalist, conservationist and esteemed Environmental Scientist. He was a professor and researcher in the Department of Biology and in the School for Resource and Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University from 1979 to 2015. Throughout his career, he served as Chair of the Biology Department from 2000-2007, held the George H.S. Campbell Chair in Biology from 2007-2010 and was appointed an Emeritus Professor when he retired in 2015.

Freedman’s work examines the effects of human economic activities on ecosystems and biodiversity. His research was largely carried out in the Arctic and in boreal and temperate forest regions of Canada. However, he also travelled to various other countries to observe ecosystems and biodiversity on a global scale. Freedman was a vigorous writer, publishing ten books (including the first Canadian Environmental Science textbook), more than one hundred peer-reviewed journal articles, hundreds of government reports and several thousand encyclopedia entries.

In 2006, he was the recipient of the Canadian Environmental Award, Gold Medal Level in the category of Community Awards for Conservation from the Canadian Geographic Society and, in 2007, he received a Career Achievement Award from the Canadian Council of University Biology Chairs.

Outside of academia, Freedman dedicated his time to volunteering with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), assuming a number of roles including twenty-six years on the national Board of Directors (1991-2015) and a term as Chair of the Board of Directors. Shortly after his death, the NCC dedicated a coastal reserve in Prospect, Nova Scotia in his honour, renaming it the Dr. Bill Freedman Nature Reserve.

Freedman died September 26, 2015.

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File contains 222 photographs taken by Bill Freedman during his travels in South America, between 1999 and 2001. The file also contains a small number of photographs taken by World Wildlife Fund members in 1988. Photographs show forestry recovery after controlled burns; pictures toucan, caiman, alpaca, armadillo, owl, and otter; rain forest scenes; and people. Photographs were taken in Peru (Machu Picchu, Guano Isdlands, Manu River, Cuzco), Bolivia (La Paz, Titicaca, Yungas), Costa Rica (Santa Cruz), and Brazil (Pantanal).

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Boxes, binders, and non-archival sleeves were discarded during archival processing.

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Slides were drawn nine sources: four blank cardboard slide boxes, two blank white binders, one brown binder with the caption "A Manual on Ground Application of Forestry Herbicides", and two untitled non-archival plastic sleeves.

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