The Evolution and Diversity of Amphibians
Dave Blackburn studies the diversity, evolution, and conservation of Amphibians. In this Pritzker Lecture, he discusses the 3 major groups of amphibians – and highlights major themes and major discoveries for each of these groups. He is an assistant curator of Herpetology at California Academy of Sciences.
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Ever wonder how Earth materials and processes directly impact the distribution and health of living organisms? Academy geologist Jean DeMouthe presents a richly illustrated lecture on the nature of geologic materials and how they affect living things. She provides examples of how geologic processes affect ecosystems, from a tiny spring on a hillside to a big explosive volcanic eruption. Hear about the minerals, rocks, and soil that provide nutrients as well as substrate on and in which plants and animals live. Learn about how geological factors can produce chemical or physical barriers that affect what can and cannot live in a particular area. The talk wraps up with a discussion of how the Academy's geologic collections provide insight into and history of biodiversity and evolution.
Kyle Summers, PhD, talks about mimicry and monogamy in Peruvian poison frogs. Kyle Summers is a Professor in the Department of Biology at East Carolina University.
Dr. Luiz Rocha. Dr. Rocha's research interests center on the evolution, biogeography, and ecology of coral reef fishes. His overarching goal is to understand what drives the extremely high biodiversity found in tropical reefs.
This lecture features Terrance Gosliner, Senior Curator and Dean of Science and Research Collections for the Academy's Department of Invertebrate Zoology.
Academy invertebrate zoologist Dr. Rebecca Johnson, discusses her research on the astounding biology and diversity of nudibranchs (sea slugs)