James Eights

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Environmental Analysis (Pomona)

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James Eights, naturalist, Antarctic, environmental history


James Eights (1798-1882), a naturalist from Albany, New York enjoyed a varied and influential scientific career. He the first American naturalist in the Antarctic, and was the first to observe, collect, and describe fossils on that continent, work that won him a singular honor—a portion of the west Antarctic shoreline, between Cape Waite and Phronger Point, has been designated “Eights Coast.” Closer to home, Eights was a prominent figure in the study of the geology of New York State, and participated in the nation's first state-wide assessment of natural resources. In addition to these scientific endeavors, Eights popularized contemporary scientific concepts in witty and informative articles.

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