Conservation Lecture Series
Community engagement is of primary importance to all of us at the FSUCML. One way that we engage is through our Conservation Lecture Series, a free event to which we invite the public to hear experts from many different fields discuss the secrets they have uncovered through their research and the relevance of these discoveries to humans.
The speakers include scientists and practitioners from local, state, and nationally-recognized research institutions, agencies, and NGOs. Topics range from those revealing the wonders of life in the deep-sea or high in the canopy of a a long leaf pine forest to covering pressing scientific and management questions of the region.
The lecture series runs from January through October and typically occurs on the Second Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM. All lectures occur in the FSUCML Auditorium. Talks usually last for an hour followed by a dynamic and interactive discussion between the audience and the speaker. Please stay and socialize a bit after the lecture. Click here to see our list of previous lectures.researchers.
Next Lecture, Thursday September 12, 2019 - 7pm
Why Are There So Many Different Forms Of Life?
By Dr. Gavin Naylor, Ph.D, University of Florida, Director of Florida Program for Shark Research
Darwin’s idea that the diversity of life arose by descent with modification required two elements. (1) a means of generating heritable traits. (2) a means to select among the traits so generated. His theory of Natural Selection accounted for the second component. But he was never able to explain how novel heritable traits arose in the first place. We still don’t have a general theory to account for the generation of novel heritable traits. Dr. Naylor will make the case that there has been too much emphasis on the importance of natural selection to explain the diversity of life - and not enough on the intrinsic properties of the living systems themselves.
The FSUCML, in association with the Second Harvest of the Big Bend, part of “The Nation’s Food Bank Network,” is collecting non-perishable food items at each monthly lecture. If you attend a lecture, please bring an item or two and help solve the hunger crisis in our community.