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David Barrie

David Barrie

"Supernavigators: The Wonders of How Animals Find Their Way"
Thursday, April 7, 11:00 AM Special Broadcast Time!

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David Barrie is a lifelong sailor and world traveler, a former member of the British Diplomatic Service who worked toward the Anglo-Irish Agreement, a former arts director and law reform campaigner, a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation (elected in 2015), a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (since 2010) and the author of two acclaimed books about navigation. His first book, Sextant: A Voyage Guided by the Stars and the Men Who Mapped the World’s Oceans (2015), was partly inspired by the transatlantic voyage he completed in 1973. It was shortlisted for the Mountbatten Literary Award and won the Royal Institute of Navigation’s Certificate of Achievement.

Barrie’s second and most recent book, published in 2020, is Incredible Journeys (in the UK), aka Supernavigators (in the US): Exploring the Wonders of How Animals Find Their Way. It was the Nautilus Gold Award Winner, Animals & Nature, and was declared the Best Nature Book of the Year by the Sunday Times, which called the book “immensely entertaining” and “engrossing… all you can do is gasp in amazement.” Publisher’s Weekly declares that Supernavigators is “A must-read for anyone fascinated with the wonders of nature.” Legendary biologist and primatologist Franz de Waal called the book “eye-opening” and writes that “Barrie is passionate about navigation and describes in delightful detail about the myriad ways in which animals get around. The number of animals traveling long distances… is just astonishing.”

David Barrie lives mostly in London. In recent years, he has sailed the Cape Verde Islands, the Hebrides, the Azores, the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. Fun fact: he great-great-uncle was J.M. Barrie, the author of Peter Pan!

Sponsored by the Department of Biological Sciences, the Department of Psychology, Graduate Education and Research and the Honors Program.


Published on April 08, 2022

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