This is an ongoing series that pairs practitioners from different backgrounds for an informal, facilitated, dialogue about the role of natural history in their lives and work. These stimulating conversations are spontaneous, never knowing what is going to be discussed next, and the audience participates with a Q & A.
Host: Tom Fleischner
Guests: Anthropologist and Professor Dana Oswald, and Rabbi Nina Perlmutter.
Presented by the Natural History Institute at Prescott College.
Haven't yet heard about the plants and the bees? Don't fret, Pollination Station: The Science Behind Creating & Conserving Pollinator Habitat, delves into this very topic, including the interesting relationships between flowers and their insect propagators, updates on current conservation concerns, and how pollinator gardens can help combat declining pollinator populations. The conversation will perhaps offer new information and insights to those familiar with the topic, but in an accessible way to those who are not.
This talk is presented by the Natural History Institute and its Program Coordinator and Collections Manager, Lisa Zander.
In addition to the key role science plays in addressing threats to the diversity of life on earth, natural history also plays a vital role in enhancing appreciation for organisms and environments, thereby influencing value judgments that ultimately underlie all conservation. By exploring human relationships with snakes, African megafauna, Texas Longhorns, and California Condors, among many examples, Dr. Greene explores our emotional relationship with the rest of life, and why it matters.
Harry W. Greene, the Stephen Weiss Presidential Fellow and Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University, is the recipient of numerous awards, both scientific and literary. One of the world’s preeminent herpetologists, and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he is the author of Snakes: The Evolution of Mystery in Nature and Tracks and Shadows: Field Biology As Art.
This is apart of the Distinguished Speaker Series at the Natural History Institute at Prescott College.