Spring/Summer 2011 Lectures
Rhode Island provides critical wintering, migratory, and breeding habitat for a great diversity of bird species including ducks, wading birds, shorebirds, raptors, and songbirds. Over the past decade ecologist and nature photographer Brooks Mathewson has been photographing these birds on the mudflats, barrier beaches, upland forests, rocky shores, and ponds of the state's national wildlife refuges. During this lecture Brooks will present his photography of these birds while discussing their biology as well as some of the best places in Rhode Island to observe them.
Brooks Mathewson is a nature photographer and ecologist holding a Master's Degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Biology and a Master's Degree in Forest Science from Harvard University. His research on the distribution and relative abundance of terrestrial salamanders has been published in the journals Northeastern Naturalist and Arnoldia. In addition, Brooks' photography has appeared in magazines, journals, textbooks, and field guides, and is sold at art galleries and museums in the Boston area including Harvard's Museum of Natural History. Some of the venues at which Brooks has given lectures include Harvard Forest, Holy Cross, Arnold Arboretum, Newton Free Library, the Boston Nature Center, Massachusetts Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center, and Sachuest National Wildlife Refuge.
This event is co-sponsored by the Newton Conservators and the Newton Free Library.
Tuesday, June 14th, 7:30pm
Professor Friedman will speak on Darwin and the origin of flowering plants. As he noted on the Arnold Arboretum's Web site: "Charles Darwin spent a lifetime studying the big questions of evolutionary biology, and he was baffled by the origin of flowering plants. Recent advances in the fossil record offer clues to understanding what these plants looked like, where they lived, and how they reproduced. We will explore what Darwin termed 'the abominable mystery.'"
Ned Friedman is Arnold Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Director of the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University.
Monday, June 27th, 7pm
My Green Manifesto
David Gessner will discuss his "call for a new environmentalism, inspired by a canoe trip down the Charles River with Dan Driscoll." David Gessner is a noted nature writer. This will also be a book signing for his new book.
Thursday, July 14th, 7:30pm
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