Dr. Gordon Weddle to Present Colloquium on Enchanted Isles

By Linda Waggener, assistant director of university communications

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Dr. Gordon Weddle, professor of biology and director of Clay Hill Memorial Forest, will deliver a faculty colloquium at 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 14, titled “Enchanted Isles: Reflections on a Voyage through the Galapagos Archipelago.”

The public is welcome to attend the event which begins at 4:30 p.m. in AD 15 of the administration building on the Campbellsville University campus.

His presentation will include many photographic images of the islands and their biota from his January trip where Weddle was chosen to participate in an Appalachian College Association Faculty Development Trip to tour and learn about the Galapagos Islands and their unique plants and animals.

This presentation reflects on that experience by examining how the islands were formed, how the islands came to differ in location and age, how the islands were colonized plants and animals, and how these vary from island to island.

Weddle came to CU in 1981. He received a bachelor of science degree in biology from Oakland City University, a master of science degree in biology (Mammalian Systematics) from Fort Hays State University in Kansas and the Ph.D. in zoology (Stream Ecology) from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

He has published a number of papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has served as a reviewer for articles submitted to several different regional and international


He is a member of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, The North American Native Fish Society, the Kentucky Academy of Science and Sigma Zeta (a national science honor society).

Weddle received recognition by the Kentucky Academy of Science as the Outstanding College Science Teacher in 1995 and was recognized for Distinguished Lifetime Service to the Academy in 2001.

He received the Kentucky Environmental Quality Commission Earth Day Recognition Award in 2001 for his work with Clay Hill Memorial Forest. Weddle was among 15 faculty from Appalachian Colleges chosen for the trip to the Galapagos Islands in January of 2008.

For more information about the faculty colloquium, contact Dr. Roscoe Bowen, associate professor of exercise science, at rcbowen@campbellsville.edu.

Campbellsville University is a private, comprehensive institution located in South Central Kentucky. Founded in 1906, Campbellsville University is affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention and has an enrollment of 2,405 students who represent 98 Kentucky counties, 25 states and 29 foreign nations. Listed in U.S.News & World Report’s 2008 “America’s Best Colleges,” CU is ranked 22nd in “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the South and eighth in the South for “Great Schools, Great Prices.” CU has been ranked 15 consecutive years with U.S.News & World Report. The university has also been named to America’s Best Christian Colleges®. Campbellsville University is located 82 miles southwest of Lexington, Ky., and 80 miles southeast of Louisville, Ky. Dr. Michael V. Carter is in his ninth year as president.

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