Scientist Lecture

Delve deeper into the issues and conditions that impact the world around us. These free academic lectures allow you to step back into the classroom and learn from the experts.

Each lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is required. All programs are held at 7pm.

Wednesday, June 19

Stories From The Dead: What Museum Specimens Tell Us About the Living World

Mason Heberling, PhD, Assistant curator in the Section of Botany and co-chair of collections at Carnegie Museum of Natural History.Carnegie Museum of Natural History

What is the purpose of dusty, old specimens locked away in natural history museums across the world? Counter to this perception, they actually serve as active sources for knowledge and inspiration. With over 380 million specimens worldwide collected by thousands of botanists over centuries, herbaria comprise an enormous ecological resource for understanding the world around us. Historically collected for use in taxonomy, museum specimens are increasingly being used in novel and unanticipated ways. Heberling will present an overview of the past, present, and future uses of plant collections in natural history museums to understand environmental changes in an era of rapid global environmental change and appreciate the diversity of life in