Workshops & Lectures

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Join us for this series of scientific seminars on current research at Carnegie Museum of Natural History! Hear Carnegie scientists and invited researchers discuss their latest findings on a wide variety of science topics. For more information about the Science Seminars, contact Lulu Hoeller at 412.622.3280 or


Upcoming Seminars


All seminars will be held at 12PM in the Carnegie Museum of Natural History Earth Theater. At the visitor desk, tell the attendant that you are here for the Moriarty Science Seminar Series. Admission to the seminar is free of charge. 

October 24, 2016
Tomás A. Carlo, Penn State University
Ecology of Frugivory & Seed Dispersal: a Key Animal-Plant Interaction

November 28, 2016
Ryan Mathur, Juniata College
Applications of Transition Metal Isotope Geochemistry, from Archeology to Environmental Geology

December 12, 2016
Tim Pearce, Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Why is the tiger snail, Anguispira alternata, declining in Pennsylvania?

January 23, 2017
Anna Monfils, Central Michigan University
Integrating Natural History Collections into Undergraduate Education: Creating the Resources and Growing the Community

February 13, 2017
John Wible, Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Can You Dig It? Adaptations of Mammals to Life Underground

February 27, 2017
Shane Elipot, University of Miami
The Agulhas Current

March 13, 2017
Abagael West, Carnegie Museum of Natural History
To Be Announced

March 27, 2017
Adam Huttenlocker, University of Southern California
To Be Announced

April 24, 2017
Pearce Paul Creasman, University of Arizona
Radar for the Lost Barque: Applying Scientific Techniques to Search for and Understand Ancient Egyptian Boats

May 22, 2017
Harvey Ballard, Ohio University
Integrative systematic approaches drive a taxonomic revolution in the violet family

June 26, 2017
Alison Hale, Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Effects of longwall coal mining and restoration activities on aquatic macroinvertebrate communities

About Richard Moriarty

Dr. Richard Moriarty is a retired pediatrician and a former Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. For more than 40 years, Dr. Moriarty has been a vibrant member of Pittsburgh’s medical community. He has advanced knowledge in the fields of pediatrics and toxicology, contributing more than 20 journal articles with the fundamental goal of reducing childhood fatalities due to poisoning.

Moriarty founded the Pittsburgh Poison Center—nationally known for the development of the Mr. Yuk poison warning symbol—and the National Poison Center Network, organizations that both fostered the development of and supported existing poison centers nationally. He has been involved with a number of professional organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, Pennsylvania Chapter as the Chairperson of the Poison and Accident Prevention Committee, and Pittsburgh Toxicology Club. In addition to volunteering his talents for a significant number of civic, community, and governmental organizations, he has served as a reviewer for the Journal of Pediatrics and the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine.

Currently, Moriarty is President of the Carnegie Discoverers, a volunteer group that supports Carnegie Museum of Natural History in promoting its cultural, scientific, and educational missions and in developing new audiences for the institution.

The R. W. Moriarty Science Seminars program began in March 2010.

Past Seminars

May 23, 2016
Amy C. Henrici, Collection Manager and Scientific Preparator, Section of Vertebrate Paleontology, Carnegie Museum of Natural History
A diverse vertebrate fossil bone bed from the Halgaito Formation of SE Utah: insights into earliest Permian climate and vertebrate communities

May 9, 2016
Jason Fridley, Associate Professor, Co-director, Graduate Program, Department of Biology, Syracuse University
The Modern Invasive Species Problem: A World Darwin envisioned?

April 25, 2016
James Fetzner, PhD, Assistant Curator, Section of Invertebrate Zoology, Carnegie Museum of Natural History; John Rawlins, PhD, Curator, Section of Invertebrate Zoology, Carnegie Museum of Natural History
More Bugs in the Digital Net: Imaging Insects and Kin Using Imaging Resources at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History

March 28, 2016
Brandon Ballengée, Artist and biologist
Praeter Naturam: Beyond Nature 

February 22, 2016
Natalie Settles, Artist
A Pilgrim in Art and Science

January 25, 2016
Jesse Lasky, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Penn State
Herbarium collections reveal impacts of climate and climate change on phenology and physiology of Arabidopsis

November 23, 2015
Corinne L. Richards Zawacki, Associate Professor and Director of the Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
Selection and the Rapid Evolution of Warning Color Diversity in the Strawberry Dart Frog

October 26, 2015
Susan Kalisz, Professor and Department Head, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
The role of species interactions in invasion, population performance, diversity and divergence

May 20, 2015
M. Dolores Casagranda
Rea Postdoctoral Fellow, Section of Amphibians and Reptiles, Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Biogeography and endemism in Northern South American amphibians: Is the Amazon a natural region?

April 8, 2015
Richard Pell
Founder and Director, Center for PostNatural History
The Missing Museum: PostNatural History

March 18, 2015
Greg Turner
Wildlife Biologist, PA Game Commission
Pennsylvania Bats and WNS Update

February 18, 2015
Stephen J. Tonsor, PhD
Director of Science and Research, Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Evolution at the Margins: Adaptation to Climate in Arabidopsis thaliana 

January 14, 2015
Deborah G. Harding
Collection Manager, Section of Anthropology, Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Birds, Beasts & Botanicals: Gleanings from the Natural Science Collections