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October 10, 2017

2017-2018 2nd Thursday Science Talks
“Special Places in Virginia”
Admission to the 2nd Thursday Science Talks series is FREE thanks to generous donations of all amounts to the VMNH Foundation Discovery Fund. Presentations take place from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Virginia Museum of Natural History unless otherwise listed.

October 12 – 2nd Thursday Science Talk: Brian Williams, Virginia Program Manager, Dan River Basin Association

November 9 – 2nd Thursday Science Talk: Special presentation at the Museum & Archives of Rockingham County in Reidsville, NC from 6 to 8 p.m., celebrating the opening of a joint exhibit highlighting the natural history of the Dan River Basin.

December 14 – 2nd Thursday Science Talk: “Virginia’s barrier islands: A natural laboratory for the study of ecology and evolution,” presented by Dr. Raymond D. Dueser, VMNH Research Associate; Professor Emeritus, Utah State University; Visiting Professor, University of Virginia

Because they are isolated from the mainland, islands typically are inhabited by fewer species and frequently serve as model systems to study interactions among organisms that are much more complex on continents. As a result, islands have played a prominent role in the development of concepts that are fundamental to ecological and evolutionary theory. This lecture will explore some of the patterns and processes we’ve discovered by studying animals that live on the Virginia barrier islands.

January 11, 2018 – 2nd Thursday Science Talk: Dr. DorothyBelle Poli, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Roanoke College

February 8, 2018 – 2nd Thursday Science Talk: “Digging up the Shark-filled Ancient Sea: The Fossil Ecosystem of the Carmel Church Quarry in Ruther Glen, Virginia,” presented by Dr. Alex Hastings, Assistant Curator of Paleontology, Virginia Museum of Natural History

14 million years ago, the area just north of Richmond was a hotbed of activity for marine animals.  Sharks were incredibly abundant and swam alongside a wide diversity of whales, dolphins, dugongs, crocodiles, sea turtles and much more.  Join Dr. Hastings for a presentation on the amazing fossils of this site, recent excavations, and current research.

March 13, 2018 – VMNH Science Talk at the Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro, VA: “Bizarre Bug Tales: How Did That Get in There?” presented by Dr. Joe B. Keiper, Executive Director, Virginia Museum of Natural History

April 12, 2018 – 2nd Thursday Science Talk: Dr. Kal Ivanov, Assistant Curator of Recent Invertebrates

May 10, 2018 – 2nd Thursday Science Talk: Dr. Elizabeth Moore


The Virginia Museum of Natural History also partners with the Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro for a series of science talks: 

September 12 – VMNH Science Talk by Dr. Michael Barber at the Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro, VA

October 10 – VMNH Science Talk by Dr. Tom Benzing at the Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro, VA

February 13, 2018 – VMNH Science Talk at the Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro, VA: “Fisheries Management in Virginia,” presented by Paul Bugas of the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries

March 13, 2018 – VMNH Science Talk at the Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro, VA: “Bizarre Bug Tales: How Did That Get in There?” presented by Dr. Joe B. Keiper, Executive Director, Virginia Museum of Natural History

April 10, 2018 – VMNH Science Talk (presenter to be announced) at the Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro

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