Popular Zoo Lecture Series Returns on Jan. 24th

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Join us at The Children’s Museum on Jan. 24th and learn about the critical role insects play in our survival. The guest speaker will be Clemson’s Dr. Michael Caterino.

Though generally more widely recognized for their roles as pests, carriers of disease, and just plain nuisances, insects play extremely important beneficial roles, too, as pollinators in agricultural systems, and as key players in natural ecosystems. In this lecture we’ll get to know some of these beneficial insects, from bees to butterflies to beetles, a little better, and discuss challenges and strategies for their conservation.

The guest speaker is Dr. Michael Caterino, John and Suzanne Morse Chair of Arthropod Biodiversity and Director, Clemson University Arthropod Collection.

Dr. Michael Caterino has recently returned to the southeast. After having lived in Atlanta for many years, he headed west to the University of Mississippi (for his B.S. in Biology, 1992), and then to the University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D. in Entomology, 1998). Then, following a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Natural History Museum in London, he returned to California and spent 12 years as the curator of Entomology at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Four years ago he moved to Clemson, and he currently holds the John and Suzanne Morse Endowed Chair in Arthropod Biodiversity, in the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences. He teaches, directs the Clemson University Arthropod Collection, and conducts research on the biodiversity and evolution of beetles, in Appalachia, the wider southeast, and globally.

Please pre-register at www.eventbrite.com.