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David Herman Nelson

David Herman Nelson, American biologist, educator, researcher, naturalist. Recipient Roosevelt Memorial award American Museum Natural History, 1970; predoctoral fellow Atomic Energy Commission, 1970-1973; Research grantee National Science Foundation, 1974, Alabama Department Conservation, since 1990, United States Fisheries and Wildlife Service, 1995-1997, 2007.


  • Nelson, David Herman was born on March 28, 1943 in Houston, Texas, United States. Son of David H. Nelson and Dorothy Ann (Lindemann) Nelson Eaves.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Baylor University, 1966. Master of Arts, Baylor University, 1968. Doctor of Philosophy, Michigan State University, 1974.


    • Predoctoral fellow Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, Aiken, South Carolina, 1970-1973, research associate, 1975-1977. Assistant professor biology Adrian (Michigan) College, 1973-1975, University South Alabama, Mobile, 1977-1980, associate professor biology, 1981—2008, associate professor emeritus biology, since 2009. Consultant in field.


    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


    Christians acting as the salt of the earth and the light of the world have a responsibility to engage their culture, including participating in the political process.


    Creed or other statements should be rejected as they may compromise each believer’s obligation to interpret Scripture under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and within the community of faith.

    Denomination: Baptist


    A person’s joy comes through relationships rather than purpose. In fact, it is the relationships that give meaning to services, ministries, and zeal.


    Trustee Gorgas Scholarship Program, Alabama Academy of Sciences, past president. Chairman board director Mobile Regional Science Fair Inc. Member Ecological Society of America, American Institute Biological Sciences, American Society Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Southwestern Association Naturalists, Alabama Academy of Sciences, Society Study Amphibians and Reptiles, Herpetologists League, Sigma Xi.


    • Married Nancy Gail Posey, August 20, 1965 (dec). Married Cynthia Hood Scardamalia, September 4, 1999. Children: Amy Elizabeth, David Scott.

      Stepchildren: Vincent Elijah Scardamalia, Richard Adam Scardamalia.
    • father: David H. Nelson Eaves
    • mother: Dorothy Ann (Lindemann) Nelson Eaves
    • spouses: Nancy Gail Posey
    • Cynthia Hood Scardamalia
    • children: Amy Elizabeth Nelson
    • David Scott Nelson
    • Vincent Elijah Scardamalia Nelson
    • Richard Adam Scardamalia Nelson
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    Born March 28, 1943
    (age 74)
    • 1966
      Baylor University
    • 1968
      Baylor University
    • 1974
      Michigan State University
    • 1970 - 1973
      Predoctoral fellow, Savannah River Ecology Laboratory
      Aiken, South Carolina, United States
    • 1973 - 1975
      assistant, professor biology Adrian (Michigan) College
    • 1977 - 1980
      assistant, professor biology Adrian (Michigan) College
      Mobile, Alabama, United States
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