Free lectures on the nature of our world
Lectures are facilitated by Dr. Allan Muth, director of Boyd Deep Canyon Desert Research Center. All events are held 6 p.m. Thursday evenings at UCR Palm Desert, 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert, CA, palmdesert.ucr.edu
A Big Brain: How’d We Get It & What Do You Feed It?
6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10
Two lectures in one! Discussions by Dr. Christopher Hancock and Dr. Joseph Scherger will look at the care and maintenance of our minds, and how we got these big human brains anyway.
Sand Dunes and Sand Lizards: Two Species, Two Ways
6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8
This lecture by Dr. Allan Muth will look at two species of sand lizards – the Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizard and the Namib Desert’s Shovel Snouted Lizard – that have different solutions to living in harsh dune systems.
In the Shadow of a Lizard: Endemic Reptiles of Namibia
6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12
Dr. Jill Heaton will discuss her work with five lizard species in Namibia, currently understudied and threatened by the illegal reptile pet trade, and share opportunities for reptile conservation and education.
Forensic Entomology: Bugs in the Legal System
6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9
Insects at crime scenes can often provide important clues about when a person died, what happened to the body following death, and other aspects surrounding the investigation. David Faulkner will discuss case studies.
Science and Management of the Desert Tortoise
6 p.m. Thursday, March 9
The desert tortoise has been considered a threatened species since 1989. But after more than 25 years and millions of dollars, populations of desert tortoise continue to trend downward. Dr. C. Richard Tracy will discuss solutions.