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March 11, 2014

BSC biologist to sign Alabama Wonder – Alabama's Surprising Biodiversity 

BSC biologist to sign Alabama Wonder – Alabama's Surprising Biodiversity BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham Southern College ecologist Dr. Scot Duncan, author of the acclaimed new book, Southern Wonder – Alabama's Surprising Biodiversity, will sign books and give a short presentation at the Alabama Booksmith in Birmingham on Thursday, March 13.

Dr. Duncan will be available to sign copies of Southern Wonder from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. He will then give a 30-minute presentation, and be available to sign copies afterward. The bookstore is located at 2626 19th Place South in Homewood, Ala.; call (205) 870-4242 for more information.

Southern Wonder takes readers on a journey through the diverse ecosystems of Alabama, a state that ranks fifth nationally in biodiversity. Written for the layman with insightful prose and 132 beautiful color illustrations, the book ranges from the coastal dunes of the Gulf of Mexico to the Tennessee River Valley; interweaves ecology, climatology, evolution, and geology; and introduces species and ecosystems found only in Alabama.

Dr. Duncan's book has already been hailed by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and naturalist Edward O. Wilson as "one of the most important books ever written about Alabama... a call to Alabama's people to treasure and protect the state's living heritage."

Dr. R. Scot Duncan is an Associate Professor of Biology and Urban Environmental Studies at Birmingham-Southern College. Though he has worked in Uganda, Antarctica, and Latin America, he is currently studying endangered species and ecosystems in Alabama, including the Ketona dolomite glades, montane longleaf pine woodlands, and the watercress darter. Southern Wonder was published in November 2013 by the University of Alabama Press and is the first text to fully explore why Alabama is home to more species than any other state east of the Mississippi River.

About Birmingham-Southern College:

Birmingham-Southern College is a four-year, private liberal arts institution in Birmingham, Ala., founded in 1856 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It enrolls about 1,200 students from more than 30 states and 16 foreign countries. Learn more online at www.bsc.edu.