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Clarke to Host Biology Lecture, March 22

posted on March 22, 2011

Clarke University will host its annual Mary Murphy, BVM Endowed Lecture in Biology on Tuesday, March 22, when Peter Frederick, Ph.D. presents “The Unexpected Dynamics of Mercury Contamination and Wading Birds in the Everglades: A Tale of Three Scientific Surprises.” The lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Jansen Music Hall on the Clarke campus. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

Peter Frederick is a research professor in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida, where he has worked since 1990. His current research focuses on wetland processes, primarily using birds as guides for understanding and restoring wetlands. Frederick has worked in areas as far-flung as the Everglades, the Brazilian Pantanal, the Okavango Delta of Botswana and Bhutan, studying the ecology of waterbirds and the effects of both natural disturbances (hurricanes, drought, flood) and human-induced effects (contamination, nutrient pollution, and water management practices). While most of his observations are made directly, he is also involved in developing unmanned drones for recording information about bird nesting patterns. His findings have been important in planning and evaluating conservation programs for a number of wetland and riverine ecosystems.

The Mary Murphy, BVM Endowed Lecture in Biology was established in memory of Mary Murphy, BVM, to invite noted scientists to present an annual lecture in biology at Clarke University. The purpose is to increase the exposure of Clarke University science majors to cutting-edge research, and provide science and health professional majors with insights into the practical application of scientific research in post-graduate careers. At the same time, it is open to members of the greater community as an opportunity to learn more about current advances in basic science and medical research.

For more information, contact the Clarke University Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318.

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