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Irynej Skira (1950-2005): A scientific life


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Ryan, L (2008) Irynej Skira (1950-2005): A scientific life. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 142 (1). pp. 9-20. ISSN 0080-4703

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The unexpected death of wildlife biologist, Dr Irynej Skira, at the age of 54 in February 2005, sent shockwaves through the scientific
community. His longitudinal study of Short-tailed Shearwaters, Puffinus tenuirostris, also known as muttonbirds, was about to receive international recognition
while his recent second marriage appeared to open up a new chapter in his personal life. Who was this remarkable
man, what was his contribution to science and what is his legacy? This article draws upon the funeral notes and memories of hisfamily,
friends and collegues, to provide an overview of his personal and professional life. It shows how his two periods of fieldwork on Macquarie
Island developed his interest in wildlife biology and how he extended it to assume responsibility for the longitudinal study of shearwaters.
It explores his particular contribution to the study over nearly three decades and then discusses his wider contribution to conservation and
of wildlife in Tasmania. The article concludes with an assessment of his legacy.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Ryan, L
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, RST, Van Diemens Land, natural history, science, ecology, taxonomy, botany, zoology, geology, geography, papers & proceedings, Australia, UTAS Library
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 9-20
ISSN: 0080-4703
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
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Date Deposited: 16 May 2012 03:55
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2017 01:06
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