Fla. Museum hosts free lecture on flowering plants with Sir Peter Crane Feb. 27

February 14th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Join the Florida Museum of Natural History and the University of Florida department of biology for a free presentation with Sir Peter Crane at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 as part of the 2011-2012 Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program.

Crane will lead an engaging discussion titled “The Early Flowering of Flowering Plants” at Powell Hall on the UF campus. A reception will follow the presentation.

Crane, the Carl W. Knobloch Jr. Dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University, studies the diversity of plant life on Earth from its origin and fossil history, to its current status, conservation and use.

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Monthly presentation series discusses fossils, paleontology at Florida Museum

February 9th, 2012

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Learn more about fossil nuts, primates and horses from Florida Museum of Natural History researchers during the “Cruisin’ for Fossils” spring presentation series.

The three free presentations are scheduled for 2 p.m. on Feb. 19, March 11 and April 29 in the museum classroom.

Topics include “Cruisin’ for Fossil Nuts” by curator of paleobotany Steve Manchester, “Cruisin’ for Fossil Primates” by associate curator of vertebrate paleontology Jonathan Bloch and “Cruisin’ for Florida’s Fossil Horses” by vertebrate paleontology collections manager Richard Hulbert, respectively.

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Florida Museum free public engagement in science speaker series begins Feb. 6

January 31st, 2012

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Join the Florida Museum of Natural History for its first presentation of the “Ken and Linda McGurn Speaker Series: Public Engagement in Science” at 4 p.m. Feb. 6.

Visitors may enjoy an engaging discussion titled “Youth partnering in paleontology: Museums as centers for citizen science” by Robert Ross, associate director for outreach at the Paleontological Research Institution and its Museum of the Earth in Ithaca, N.Y. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served after the presentation in the museum’s classroom in Powell Hall on the University of Florida campus. (more…)

Florida Museum’s first free ‘Science Café’ Oct. 6 explores seafood choices

September 22nd, 2011

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will host the first program in its free “Science Café” series, “Seafood Choices: Why am I confused?” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 6.

The evening features information and a group discussion about seafood industry changes and the potential effect on consumers, including supply, costs, health, safety and sustainability. Florida Sea Grant seafood specialist Steve Otwell will provide a brief introduction on these topics, including how sustainable selections may encourage consumers to search for new options. An assortment of taste samples and a cash bar also will be available. (more…)

Florida Museum shark expert to speak in Senegal regarding work leading to sawfish addition to U.S. endangered list

July 21st, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida shark expert George Burgess is slated to speak at an international conference Monday about research that allowed the largetooth sawfish to be named a U.S. endangered species last week.

Burgess and other UF scientists conducted the documentary research allowing the National Marine Fisheries Service to list the largetooth sawfish as endangered July 12. He is scheduled as a keynote speaker to discuss sawfish populations during the 2011 International Symposium on Sharks in Dakar, Senegal, Monday through Wednesday.

“It’s a fairly desperate situation,” said Burgess, director of the Florida Program for Shark Research at the Florida Museum of Natural History on the UF campus. “Anything that swims is eligible to be eaten – you have poor countries reaping their resources because they have no choice.” (more…)

Harvard lepidopterist Naomi Pierce to speak at ButterflyFest Oct. 22-23

July 5th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Naomi Pierce, curator of Lepidoptera at the Harvard University Museum of Comparative Zoology, has been scheduled as the keynote speaker for the Florida Museum of Natural History’s sixth annual ButterflyFest, Oct. 22-23.

ButterflyFest is dedicated to increasing awareness of Florida’s butterflies as fun, fascinating ambassadors to the natural world. Event activities and presentations promote inquiry and provide a call to action for the conservation and preservation of backyard wildlife and habitats.

“We are extremely excited to have Dr. Pierce as our keynote speaker this year,” said Jaret Daniels, Florida Museum assistant director of exhibits and public programs. “Not only is her research groundbreaking, but she speaks of her work with tremendous passion; a joyous intensity that can’t help but spark your interest.” (more…)

Photographer Carlton Ward, Jr. to give special presentation at Florida Museum March 31

March 17th, 2011

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Join the Florida Museum of Natural History for a special presentation by University of Florida alumnus and conservation photographer Carlton Ward, Jr. from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. March 31.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

“Our visitors loved meeting Carlton at the opening of his exhibit ‘Florida Cowboys: Keepers of the Last Frontier’ on Feb. 12,” said Florida Museum education coordinator Kendra Lanza-Kaduce. “We are so excited he is coming back to the museum for this presentation.” (more…)

Monarch Watch program founder to speak during ButterflyFest Oct. 23-24

October 1st, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Bring your family and friends to hear one of the world’s leading experts on the migration of Monarchs during the Florida Museum of Natural History’s fifth annual ButterflyFest Oct. 23-24.

Orley “Chip” Taylor, founder and director of the national Monarch Watch program and University of Kansas professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, will give presentations both days.

From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 23, Taylor will discuss the Monarch Watch program, which he founded in 1992. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 24, he will present “Migratory Patterns of the Monarch,” including information on how destruction of the Monarch’s habitat and natural resources is affecting its migration. (more…)

PBS ‘Dinosaur Train’ host Dr. Scott, T-rex Buddy to appear at Fla. Museum March 26

March 5th, 2010

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Dr. Scott the paleontologist, and Buddy the T-rex from the popular PBS TV show “Dinosaur Train” will visit the Florida Museum of Natural History from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, March 26 for a free public program.

Presented in partnership with WUFT-TV/DT and the Early Learning Coalition of Alachua County, the event features educational, dinosaur-themed activities and an opportunity for children to meet Buddy, the star of the newest PBS KIDS show. Activities include dinosaur games, songs, coloring stations, a meet and greet session and more. (more…)

Fla. Museum, WUFT-TV to host paleontologist Scott Sampson for free lecture March 25

March 1st, 2010

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Paleontologist and evolutionary biologist Scott Sampson, author and host of the popular PBS children’s series “Dinosaur Train,” will present a free public lecture and book signing at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 25 at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

Sampson, a curator at the Utah Museum of Natural History, will discuss his latest research and new book, “Dinosaur Odyssey: Fossil Threads in the Web of Life.” Sampson has published more than 130 scientific and popular articles, lectured extensively to audiences of all ages on dinosaurs and evolution, and conducted fieldwork in a number of countries, including Canada, Kenya, Madagascar, Mexico South Africa, the United States and Zimbabwe. He divides his work time between scientific research and a variety of education-related projects. (more…)

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