Oral History: Derek Ford
University of South Florida--Libraries--Oral History Program; University of South Florida. Library
Dr. Derek Ford, karst science authority and author, begins the interview discussing his childhood in and around the city of Bath, England and the beginnings of his interest in rock climbing, cave diving, and cave mapping. Special attention is given to his relationship to the transition from the physiographic approach to geography to a quantitative approach. He elaborates on his friendship with eminent geomorphologist Paul Williams and how they came to write their book together. The conversation continues with an in-depth discussion of Dr. Ford's major scientific breakthroughs and notable publications with various research partners. He reflects on his career highs, specifically his love of teamwork and mentoring students. Dr. Ford shares stories of past students, their personalities, and where they are now in their lives. The interview concludes with Dr. Ford's opinion on the future of karst research.
Interview conducted January 24, 2008 at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida.
Oral History Project, Karst, Cave mapping, Geography, Methodology, Philosophy, Geomorphology, Physical geography, Research
University of South Florida Libraries
Ford, Derek C. and van Beynen, Philip, "Ford, Derek / interviewed by Dr. Philip van Beynen Oral History: Derek Ford" (2008). KIP Oral Histories. 1.