Lectures


MANAGING RAT MIGRATION: ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION IMPLICATIONS OF BROWN RATS

By Matthew Combs
Tuesday, January 22, 7pm

Learn about New York City’s least favorite furry friend from Matthew Combs, whose work studying the genetics of the City’s rats recently caused quite a stir. Controlling the City’s rat populations can often have severe implications for raptors such as Red-tailed Hawks, so it can be helpful for bird lovers to learn about these common critters. Combs will explore the biology of rats, the risks they pose, and even debunk some rat myths. We will then hear how he uses genetics and ecology to understand rat populations in our city and how that might translate to management goals and priorities. Matthew Combs conducts his research as a doctoral candidate at Fordham University.

IN CONVERSATION WITH A CAST IN THE WOODS

By Stephen Sautner
Tuesday, February 26, 7pm

Join us for a discussion with author Stephen Sautner inspired by his new book, A Cast in the Woods. Sautner’s cabin in the Catskills provides the backdrop for this exciting new work, which explores his passion for the natural world and its stewardship, along with forays into other topics such as fishing and fracking. Stephen Sautner has contributed to various publications including The New York Times “Outdoors” column and is the director of communications for the Wildlife Conservation Society at the Bronx Zoo. He is a lover of fly-fishing, birding, and nature.

BIRDSONG: SONG LEARNING AND CULTURAL EVOLUTION

By Ofer Tchernichovski
Tuesday, March 12, 7pm

How and when does a Zebra Finch learn to sing, and what effects does hearing a song have on its brain? How does sleep affect song learning? How does the learning of birdsong compare to the learning of speech in human infants? Learn the answers to these questions and more from Ofer Tchernichovski, PhD, who studies animal behavior and the dynamics of vocal learning and sound production at the Laboratory of Vocal Learning at Hunter College. The lab aims to uncover the specific physiological and molecular brain processes that underlie song learning. Tchernichovski holds a PhD in zoology from Tel Aviv University and is a doctor of veterinary medicine.

Unless otherwise noted, all lectures are free and open to the public. This series has been made possible by the support of Claude and Lucienne Bloch.

Lectures are held at Reidy Hall at the Unitarian Church of All Souls, located on Lexington Avenue between 79th and 80th streets in Manhattan (Google Map)

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