Scientist in the Spotlight: Mammals of the Philippines and Ancient Hurricanes

Friday, March 4, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Life Gallery - Naturalist Lab

The Philippine islands are home to some of the world’s most extreme mammals: a giant bat with a 5-foot wingspan, a rat the size of a cat, and a tiny nocturnal primate only 4-5 inches long. Of the 206 known native mammals, 57% are found only in the Philippines.
Dr. Eric Rickart will discuss the incredibly diverse and unique mammals of the Philippines and highlight key discoveries from his 30 years of mammal research on these islands. Examine specimens from his research and learn more about these amazing islands.
Also, join NHMU paleotempestologist Joshua Mueller to learn about ancient Caribbean hurricanes and what they can tell us about future hurricane activity, wild fires, and climate change.  See sediment cores and try your hand at identifying different types pollen grains and charcoal particles.
Scientist in the Spotlight is held on the first and third Friday of each month from 2 - 4 p.m.The program allows Museum guests to meet real scientists and discuss their research. See link below for additional scientists in the series. 

Included in Museum Admission, free to members.