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2nd Thursday Science Talks

Explorers of South River and the Frontier West of the Blue Ridge in Virginia

Presented by Dr. Tom Benzing
Professor, School of Integrated Sciences at James Madison University

Thursday, January 10, 2019 from 6 to 7 p.m.  |  Virginia Museum of Natural History

Join us for the January edition of "2nd Thursday Science Talks", as Dr. Tom Benzing, Professor in the School of Integrated Sciences at James Madison University, discusses the discoveries that document the natural history of South River and its watershed, including the expedition of David Starr Jordan and his collection of fishes in the 1880's.

Dr. Benzing's background is in chemistry and his scholarly interests and research topics are applied chemical hydrology; water quality of river and streams; soil and water chemistry; nutrient management for sustainability; and trout conservation and habitat restoration.

He has served as a research scientist on the South River Science Team and the Shenandoah River Fish Kill Task Force. He is a certified nutrient management planner in Virginia.

Dr. Benzing received his doctorate in crop and soil sciences/environmental toxicology from Michigan State University, a master's degree in organic chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh, and a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry from Franklin & Marshall College.

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