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Science Tonight: Jaguars, Tapirs, Bears, Oh My!

  • Thursday, May 20, 2021
  • 7:00pm - 8:00pm

It’s Science Tonight with Chris Smith! Tonight’s guest is Dr. Brian Arbogast, a biologist at the University of North Carolina – Wilmington.

Brian studies the biodiversity of Sumaco Volcano, Ecuador, where the Andes Mountains meet the Amazon lowland forests. The volcano’s unique geography sets the stage for unique mammal communities of jaguars, tapirs, spectacled bears, bush dogs, and more. Brian examines how the mammal communities are structured elevationally on the volcano, and sees evidence for a lot of “lowland” species occurring at higher elevations than predicted, with important conservation implications for threatened species.

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Tonight’s Guest

Brian Arbogast, PhD, is a Professor of Biology in the Department of Biology and Marine Biology at UNC-Wilmington. He serves as Assistant Director of the Wildsumaco Biological Station at Sumaco Volcano in Ecuador.

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Science Tonight is a livestream show for curious minds. Host Chris Smith talks with interesting people making exciting, everyday discoveries in science, nature, tech and more. Watch every Thursday night to grow your brain and get the latest stories in the science world.


May 20
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


NC United States


Chris Smith