Lecture this Thursday at the Library

FALL 2011 Faculty Lecture Series – in association with the Curator’s Choice: Selections from the UH Museum Consortium, Bridge Gallery, Hamilton Library

Thursday, September 29, 3:30-4:30 pm

UH Hamilton Library, Room 301
Admission free, Refreshments provided
Doors open at 3:15 PM

– The UH Insect Museum, Hawaiian Agriculture and Conservation of Biodiversity.  Dead men may tell no tales, but dead bugs do!
Daniel  Rubinoff, PhD
Professor, Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences, UHM

The UHIM plays a vital role in defending agriculture and preserving spectacular native biodiversity.  Hawai‘i faces constant threats from new invasive species, and the decline of our unique insects continues.  Insect museums are crucial for understanding and preventing both of these processes—research on fruit flies, diving moths and vampire bugs highlight the museum connection.
Dan Rubinoff started collecting insects as a kid and never stopped. He hopes to see a day when more people will say ‘cool’ instead of ‘eww’ when they see a rare Hawaiian insect.

– Digitizing Plant Biodiversity: The Consortium of Pacific Herbaria
Tom A. Ranker, PhD
Professor and Chair, Botany, UHM

This presentation will highlight the development of a new collaborative regional effort between herbaria in the Polynesia-Micronesia hotspot region (Hawaii, American Samoa, Samoa, Tonga, Palau, Guam, and Fiji). These herbaria are curating and digitally imaging nearly 1 million dried plant specimens, creating a standardized plant checklist, and making botanical collection data and images available online from a single web portal.

Tom Ranker’s research interests include the origin and evolution of the flora of the Hawaiian Islands and of other island floras in the Pacific region. He is involved in phylogenetic systematics and evolution of vascular plants, especially lycophytes and ferns; evolutionary and ecological genetics of plant populations; conservation biology; and historical biogeography.
Presented by:  Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education, Office of Research Relations, and University of Hawai’i at Manoa Library

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