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Science in the midst of geopolitical instability: New data on early
primate evolution in Libya
Foundation Distinguished Professor Dr. Chris Beard and Post-
Doctoral Researcher Pauline Coster will discuss their recent
fieldwork and associated research on early Cenozoic primates and
other mammals in Libya. The project resonates with the current
geopolitics following the Arab Spring revolutions of 2011 and their
aftermath, as well as the purely scientific issues relating to primate
evolution and how climate change may have impacted early
African ecosystems.
Dr. Beard is a 2000 MacArthur Fellowship “Genius Award” winner,
and his discoveries of new primate groups have reshaped our
understanding of the early history of mammals.
University Distinguished Professor and
Senior Curator Dr. Town Peterson
November 20, 2014 |3:30 p.m. |Watson Three
Merging science with history: Filling in a century of Mexican
University Distinguished Professor and Senior Curator Dr. Town
Peterson focuses on aspects of the geography of biodiversity with
a focus on tropical ornithology and systematics. He has conducted
research focusing on the alpha taxonomy of birds, as well as on
the phylogeny of recently radiated clades of birds. His work with
the geographic and ecology of species' distributions has taken him
into other fields, including conservation biology and planning,
invasive species biology, and disease transmission systems. Dr.
Peterson’s work is collaborative in nature, and usually involves
geographers, computer scientists, and biologists.
The lectures are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be
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