Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Reviving the Endangered Art of Faunistics: Revising the Ants of North America
MCZ 101, 26 Oxford Street, Harvard University
Many disciplines claim to be foundational to the rest of biology: systematics and genetics are two obvious examples. A good case can be made, however, that faunistics (the study of faunas), and its botanical equivalent (floristics), are basal to all other biological disciplines. Unfortunately, faunistics is a dying art. Good faunistic studies are uncommon and training in the field is not available. Faunistics combines alpha-taxonomy, biogeography, life-history studies, and natural history to produce a comprehensive, practical, useful portrait of a fauna. Come and see how these various elements are being used to assemble a new, more comprehensive monograph of the ants of North America.
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 PM) at the Cambridge Common restaurant.
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