A. Watson Armour III Research Seminar Series
The A. Watson Armour III Research Seminar is The Field Museum's weekly academic seminar series. Talks are at noon on Wednesdays, and feature speakers from around the world presenting their research on topics related to the museum's research and conservation activities. Since 2005, over 200 speakers have presented talks in the series. Typically, the audience primarily consists of FMNH curators, collection managers, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students, although faculty and students from Chicago-area colleges and universities, museum docents, and other museum staff sometimes attend as well. For more information on the seminar series, to suggest a speaker, or if you are coming from outside of the museum and need access to the seminar room, contact Abigail Derby Lewis, John Terrell , Matt von Konrat, Ken Angielczyk, or Corrie Moreau.
Be sure to check this page regularly for additions and updates to the schedule.
Sept. 4: Dr. Nigel Pitman. Field Museum of Natural History. We are the One Percent: Oligarchs and Hyperdominants in Amazonian Tree Communities. Lecture Hall II.
Sept 11: Dr. Willeke Wendrich. University of California, Los Angeles. Toil and Trouble: Archaeology, Preservation, and Destruction in the Fayum (Egypt). Lecture Hall II.
Sept. 18: Dr. Jason McLachlan. University of Notre Dame. Improving Estimates of Change in Prehistoric Eastern Forests. Lecture Hall II.
Sept. 25: Dr. Hopi Hoekstra. Harvard University. Field Museum Women in Science Speaker. From Darwin to DNA: The Evolution and Genetics of Camouflaging Coloration. Lecture Hall II.
Oct. 2: Dr. Jill Leonard-Pingel. University of Chicago. Changes in Neogene Caribbean Benthic Community Structure After Closure of the Central American Seaway. Lecture Hall II.
Oct. 9: Dr. Richard Olmstead. University of Washington. Diversification and Latitudinal Constraints in the Neotropical Plant Families Solanaceae, Bignoniaceae, and Verbenaceae. Zoology Classroom.
Oct. 16: Dr. Rebecca Seligman. Northwestern University. Locating Culture in the Brain and in the World: Anthropology Meets Cognitive Neuroscience. Lecture Hall II.
Oct. 23: Dr. Deborah Gordon. Stanford University. The Evolutionary Ecology of Collective Behavior in Ant Colonies. Lecture Hall II.
Oct. 30: Dr. Estevam Cruz da Silva. Field Museum of Natural History. Conquer the World: Phylogeny and Distribution of the Nursery Web Spider Dolomedes (Araneae: Pisauridae). Lecture Hall II.
Nov. 6: Dr. Beckett Sterner. Field Museum of Natural History. What Statisical Methods in Phylogenetics Can Tell Us About Species. Lecture Hall II.
Nov. 13: Dr. Brian Kraatz. Western University of Health Sciences. Understanding the Ecocene-Oligocene Transition in Asia. Lecture Hall II.
Nov. 20: Dr. James Coan. University of Virginia. Social Baseline Theory: A Framework for Understanding Human Interdependence. Lecture Hall II.
Nov. 27: No Seminar (Thanksgiving).
Dec. 4: Dr. Fabian Michelangeli. New York Botanic Garden. The PBI Miconieae Project: Beyond Alpha Taxonomy and Collection Data. Lecture Hall II.
Dec. 11: Dr. Madhusudan Katti. California State University, Fresno. Biodiversity in the Concrete Jungles of the Anthropocene: Global Patterns and Local Processes in Urban Ecology. Lecture Hall II.
Dec. 18: Brian Switek. Natural History Museum of Utah. My Beloved Brontosaurus: Why We Need Dinosaurs. Lecture Hall II.
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