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Town Peterson to Speak on 3/12/12


MARCH  12, 2012: Birds of the World: Assessing the Status of Accessible Knowledge of World Birds, Town Peterson, University Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. Dr. Peterson’s research focuses on aspects of the geography of biodiversity, especially the geography and ecology of species’ distributions in space and in time. His formal training began at Miami University, with a degree in Zoology. In his graduate studies at the University of Chicago, he specialized in tropical ornithology, with a particular focus on systematics. As such, one component of his research focuses on the taxonomy of birds, as well as on the phylogeny of recently radiated clades of birds. Tied to this focus is work with the basic geography of bird distributions and the composition of local avifaunas, based on detailed site inventories and scientific collections around the world which is the focus of this talk. Dr. Peterson’s work, however, has taken him into other fields, including conservation biology and planning, invasive species biology, and disease transmission systems. Dr. Peterson’s work is collaborative in nature, and usually involves geographers, computer scientists, and biologists. This talk will be in 218 Pearson Hall, Miami University, Oxford at 7:30 P.M.

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