Deep Canyon Lecture Series, Palm Desert, 2017-18


Deep Canyon lecture series 2017-2018


UCR's Palm Desert campus will host a series of science-related talks for 2017-18. See the schedule below.

For more information on these and other Palm Desert events, visit: https://palmdesert.ucr.edu/programs/events.html


6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017

Mind in the Oceans: How saving Arctic narwhals holds the secret for our brain and heart health  

In this talk, Dr. Terrie Williams will bring the audience on her latest adventure to save the narwhals of the Arctic oceans.  Threatened by the loss of polar ice and an increased human presence, these mystical toothed whales are facing new challenges for survival.  Unexpectedly, her team found that the strategies that narwhals use to meet these challenges are providing new insights into protecting the human heart and brain from injury. RSVP now! 

6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 

The physiology and ecology of California's Redwoods in a changing world

Dr. Todd Dawson will talk about his work elucidating the role redwood trees play in the hydrological cycle of their forest ecosystem. Understanding this perspective on how plants themselves modify their own habitats is increasingly important as the climate around redwood forests changes. RSVP now!

6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018

Endemic lizard and tortoise species of Namibia, Africa

Dr. Jill Heaton will discuss her work with reptile species in Namibia, currently understudied, and how she has taken methods developed and currently being used to study Mojave Desert tortoises and employed them in Namibia. RSVP now! 

6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018

Natural history, ethics, and aesthetics: why should we care about nature?

The diversity of life on earth is under serious threats from human-related causes, and science plays well-known roles in solving this problem. Dr. Harry Greene will describe how natural history enhances appreciation for organisms and environments, thereby influencing value judgments that ultimately underlie all conservation.  Dr. Greene will describe how an 18th century philosopher’s distinction between “beauty” and “sublime” can be used in the context of Darwin’s “descent with modification,” then illustrate this approach with frogs, snakes, African megafauna, Texas Longhorns, and California Condors. RSVP now! 

6 p.m. Thursday, March 8, 2018

The Value of Citizen Science for Urban Ecology and Invasive Species Research: Examples from the Reptiles and Amphibians of Southern California (RASCals) Project. 

Increasing urbanization and the impacts of invasive species are two of the greatest threats to biodiversity. Dr. Greg Pauly will discuss the use of citizen science to assess how reptile and amphibian species are responding to urbanization across Southern California and reveal some of the many recent discoveries of nonnative species resulting from these citizen science efforts. RSVP now! 


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