2nd Thursday Science Talks

Join us every second Thursday of each month through May 14, 2015 for special presentations delivered by VMNH curators, VMNH researchers, as well as VMNH research associates.  Each topic covers a unique field of science from paleontology to archaeology to human health.

Free admission to "2nd Thursday Science Talks" is provided by generous donations to the VMNH Foundation Discovery Fund.  All presentations are held at VMNH from 6 to 7 p.m.  Presentation titles and descriptions will be announced soon.

Upcoming 2nd Thursday Science Talks Schedule

Kal IvanovMarch 12, 2015
Presenter:  Dr. Kaloyan Ivanov, VMNH Assistant Curator of Recent Invertebrates
Title:  "It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad insect world!"
Summary:  The Biodiversity Crisis is upon us…and it’s affecting creatures big and small.  In this presentation, Dr. Ivanov will discuss insect diversity and the threats facing it and global diversity, as a whole.  The audience will learn the importance of biodiversity surveys, how insect diversity is studied, and how natural history museums fit in the picture.  Also, Dr. Ivanov will discuss the entomology program at VMNH, including his own research, as well as a brief overview of the museum's invertebrate collections.

April 9, 2015
Presenter:  Jessica Clark, VMNH Archaeology Assistant

May 14, 2015*
Dr. Nancy Moncrief, VMNH Curator of Mammalogy

*VMNH Members are invited to attend a reception following the final presentation on May 14 from 7 to 8 p.m. celebrating the completion of the 2014-2015 “2nd Thursday Science Talks.”  The reception will be held in the museum’s Harvest Foundation Hall of Ancient Life, and will provide an opportunity for VMNH Members to meet and interact with all presenters.