Thursday, January 26, 2012

Conservator vs. Conservationist

Let me preface this brief commentary by stating that none of these images are mine. They were all found on google images and links to the original sites have been included. 

That said, one of the first things I learned in my conservation classes was that I was not studying to be a conservationist. I was studying to be a conservator. What's the difference you ask? Well, at the most basic level, both conserve, but a conservator preserves man-made artifacts while a conservationist preserves nature.



Allison works on foot case 5-409

Okay, okay. This might not be the best image of a conservationist (a.k.a. tree-hugger) but it does illustrate the point at hand. Conservationists are all about nature.

Dr. David E. Guggenheim takes water samples near Louisiana
 to test for toxins affecting marine life (link)

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