Unraveling the "Peculiarities of Island Life" The Galápagos Tortoises
Attend the Harvard Museum of Natural History's lecture Unraveling the "Peculiarities of Island Life" The Galápagos Tortoises on Monday, December 16 at 5:00 pm at Haller Haller with Michael Russello, Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of British Columbia.
Oceanic islands such as the Galápagos archipelago are natural laboratories of evolution, home to an incredibly unique biodiversity of flora and fauna. At the same time, these systems have disproportionally high rates of extinction, warranting immediate conservation attention. Focusing on the giant tortoise of the Galápagos, Dr. Michael Russello will explore ways in which genomic approaches can be used to reconstruct evolutionary history, define present conservation status, and inform management strategies for such threatened wildlife.
This lecture is free and open to the public.
How Does Thoreau Matter? Environmentalism and the Changing American Landscape
Join the Harvard Museum of Natural History on Thursday, December 11 at 6:00 pm for the How does Thoreau Matter? Environmentalism and the Changing American Landscape roundtable discussion with Conevery Bolton Valencius, Brian Donahue, and David Foster in the Geological Lecture Hall.
Henry David Thoreau is widely viewed as an icon of the conversation movement and an early champion of America's pastoral landscapes. But do we read Thoreau accurately, or are we missing key parts of his message? What kind of landscape vision might Thoreau advocate were he living within today's complex environmental movement? Environmental historians Conevery Bolton Valencius, Brian Donahue, and ecologist David Foster will explore Thoreau's relevance to our lives today. Reception to follow in the Harvard Museum of Natural History's new exhibit, Thoreau's Maine Woods: A Journey in Photographs with Scot Miller.