Wednesday, March 31, 2010

AU students hear about ecological research in Puerto Rico

About 50 students attended a recent Biology Department Research Symposium to hear Dr. Jamie March of Washington and Jefferson University talk about his research on tropical freshwater shrimps in Puerto Rico. Dr. March described how his efforts to understand freshwater shrimp ecology has helped the Puerto Rican government design dams and reservoirs that help to sustain commercially important species in the Country. Students from our Marine Biology and Organisms, Adaptations and Diversity courses were also able to see the concepts they have been learning in the classroom applied to real-world issues.  And they got a taste of field ecology research in the tropics.

Our next visiting speaker, Dr. Hans Thewissen, will be presenting:

From Land to Water: the Origin of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises
April 6th @ 4pm
Kettering room 131

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