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Moriarty Science Seminar: Awareness of the Natural World Through the Lens of Amphibian and Reptile Ecology at Powdermill Nature Reserve
October 30, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
At the Museum
R.W. Moriarty Science Seminar Presents: “Awareness of the Natural World Through the Lens of Amphibian and Reptile Ecology at Powdermill Nature Reserve”
Speaker: Dr. Walter E. Meshaka, State Museum of Pennsylvania.
Curiosity brings awareness, and, awareness, in turn, makes caring possible. A protected resource, Powdermill Nature Reserve, in the northern Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania, provides an uncommon opportunity to understand the natural world in short-term and uninterrupted long-term research endeavors otherwise not possible. Presciently, Dr. M. Graham Netting understood the importance of such a place when he undertook the acquisition of the station in 1956. A beneficiary of this vision, Dr. Walter E. Meshaka, Jr. has, with the kind support of Powdermill staff, since 2002 undertaken research projects in the ecology of amphibians and reptiles at the station that have involved museum specimens and mark-recapture of individuals. Referring specifically to a few of the 16 published papers to date, Dr. Meshaka hopes to convey how the combination of traits comprising the Powdermill Nature Reserve can provide and await our awareness of this part of our natural world, its meaningfulness, and the importance of its stewardship.
This event will take place Monday, October 30, 2023 at Noon in person at Earth Theater.