April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. To commemorate the launch of this environmental movement, join us for a set of lightning talks presented by Museum scientists. Learn about the current status of the Earth’s wildlife — reptiles & amphibians, birds, mammals and insects. We will discuss challenges currently facing each group of animals as well as the action steps you can take to help protect our Earth’s biodiversity.
John Gerwin, Research Curator of Ornithology for the Museum, has studied the breeding biology of the painted bunting and Swainson’s warbler in the Coastal Plain; black-throated green warbler in the Piedmont; hermit thrush and yellow-bellied sapsucker in the southern Appalachian Mountains; and in Nicaragua, the golden-winged warbler – a migratory species that breeds “up here” but spends half the year “down there.”
Roland Kays is the Director of the Biodiversity Lab at the Museum and a professor in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at NC State University. He is on Twitter @RolandKays and shares his zoological research results at RolandKays.com.
Bryan Stuart is Research Curator of Herpetology at the Museum. He has a BSc in Biology from Cornell University, an MSc in Zoology from North Carolina State University, and a PhD in Biology from the University of Illinois, and held a postdoc appointment at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley, before returning to Raleigh to join the Museum in September, 2008. His research interests are in the biodiversity, systematics, biogeography and conservation of amphibians and reptiles. Much of his research has focused on amphibians and reptiles of the Old World tropics, especially Southeast Asia, where he has maintained an active field program for the past two decades. He has particular interest in using molecular tools to define species boundaries and unravel their evolutionary histories.