Explore cutting edge science topics, their latest developments, and their relevance to society through speaker presentations followed by question-and-answer period with the audience.

 

The Winter/Spring 2022 Science Inquiry Series

Join us for the 2022 Winter/Spring Science Inquiry Series beginning January 12.  Given current uncertainties with the COVID-19 pandemic and other circumstances, the Series will be conducted virtually, via Zoom.

Our exciting and varied line-up of speakers will include Dr. Yves Idzerda, Dean of the MSU College of Letters & Science, on quantum information technology and setting up a “quantum foundry” at MSU . . . Dr. Erika Espinosa-Ortiz, MSU Assistant Research Professor of Chemical & Biological Engineering, on creating sustainable alternatives to concrete using microorganisms . . . Plains archaeologist Bonnie Lawrence-Smith on the connections between Bighorn Basin indigenous rock art and golden eagles . . . Dr. Alexandra Adams, Director & Principal Investigator for MSU’s Center for American Indian and Rural health Equity, on the effect of climate change on human health . . . and Dr. John Marzluff, Ridgeway Professor of Wildlife Science at the University of Washington, on the interactions of ravens with wolves and humans in the Greater Yellowstone region.

Check “Upcoming Presentations” for details. We hope to see you with us online in 2022.

 

Science Inquiry Series Explores the Behavior of Ravens in Yellowstone

How do Yellowstone’s ravens make a living from the work of wolves and humans?  Dr. John Marzluff, Ridgeway Professor of Wildlife Science at the University of Washington, will address this question in the fifth and final presentation of the Winter/Spring 2022 Science Inquiry Series.

The talk will be presented online via Zoom on Wednesday, May 18, at 7 pm.   It is sponsored by the Gallatin Valley Friends of the Sciences, and co-sponsored by the non-profit community service organization Hopa Mountain and the Museum of the Rockies.

The series explores cutting edge science topics, their latest developments, and their relevance to society through speaker presentations followed by questions from the audience.  The talks are free to the public.

Courtesy J. Marzluff

In his presentation, titled “Raven Rendezvous: Exploring Connections Among the Trickster, Wolves and People,” Marzluff will describe how his tagging and tracking of these smart, opportunistic birds is helping to refine understanding of the interactions of ravens with both wolves and people in the Greater Yellowstone region.

Dr. Marzluff holds a Ph.D. in Zoology from Northern Arizona University, with post-doctoral work at the University of Vermont on the social behavior and ecology of jays and ravens.  His current research focuses on the interactions of ravens and wolves in Yellowstone.  He’s a member of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Recovery Team for the critically endangered Mariana Crow, a Fellow of the American Ornithologist’s Union, and a National Geographic Explorer.  Marzluff has written six books, the most recent of which is “In Search of Meadowlarks,” connecting human agriculture and diets to conservation of birds and other wildlife.

The Zoom presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer period via the Zoom chat function; the event will last approximately an hour.

To join the Zoom session on the evening of the talk, click the Zoom link below:

Science Inquiry Series Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 821 0939 0204
Passcode: 419126

+1 346 248 7799 US
+1 669 900 6833 US

Note: If you have not used Zoom before, you will need to download the Zoom application.  If you cannot or do not wish to connect via your computer, you can connect using one of the telephone numbers above and enter the meeting ID and passcode to listen in.

 

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