Tuesday, October 11, 2011

7:30 PM

The Natural History Gap

MCZ 101, 26 Oxford Street, Harvard University

Sam Droege, US Geological Survey

Why does the average age of specimens in the ever declining set of remaining insect collections run to pre-WWII?  Why does NASA spend $1.5 billion a year on climate change satellites yet we are unclear as to even the names of over 10% of North American bees and know nothing of even their regional status?  Can natural history collections be mated with inventory and monitoring work and, (OMG!) statistics to create our own insect satellite systems?

The talk is free and open to the public. The meeting is readily accessible via public transportation. Parking is available in the Oxford Street Garage with advance arrangement, as described here, or (usually but not always) at spaces on nearby streets. Everyone is also welcome to join us for dinner before the talk (beginning at 6:15 PM) at the Harvard Law School cafeteria, on the second floor of Harkness Commons.

CEC meetings are held the second Tuesday of the month from October through May. The evening schedule typically includes an informal dinner (6:15 to 7:15 PM) followed by our formal meeting (7:30 – 9:00 PM). The latter begins with club business and is followed by a 50 minute entomology related presentation. Membership is open to amateur and professional entomologists.