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Bethlehem, Pa., August 31, 2010 - Dr. John C. Kricher, professor of biology at Wheaton College will present a talk, "Birds and the Balance of Nature," at Moravian College on Wednesday, September 22 at 7 p.m. in Dana Lecture Hall, Collier Hall of Science. The program, sponsored by The Environmental Studies & Sciences Program at Moravian College, is open to the public and admission is free of charge.
The canary in a coal mine has always been a warning of unwelcome change. Birds are highly sensitive to environmental change and continue to serve as sentinels in a world increasingly affected by change. Is the balance of nature threatened by our changing world? In this talk Professor Kricher will argue that there is, in fact, no valid scientific definition of balance of nature and that nature is constantly changing to various degrees. Using birds as examples, Professor Kricher will explain how and why nature changes and why such change argues against any sort of meaningful balance. But if nature is not really balanced, why preserve biodiversity? Professor Kricher will close with a discussion of the ethical and scientific arguments regarding conservation of biodiversity.
Kricher is a graduate of Temple (B.A.) and Rutgers Universities (Ph.D.). He teaches courses in ecology, ornithology, and vertebrate evolution at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass. He has conducted Earthwatch-sponsored research on migrant birds on their wintering grounds in Belize and is the author of over 100 papers and articles in scientific journals, magazines, and newspapers. His most recent book, The Balance of Nature: Ecology's Enduring Myth, was published by Princeton University Press in spring of 2009. He has also authored Galapagos: A Natural History, published in hard-cover by Smithsonian Institution Press in 2002 and in soft-cover by Princeton University Press in 2006. Moravian College seeks to provide an accessible and hospitable learning and working environment for all, while ensuring full compliance with federal and state regulations. Our community welcomes and encourages persons with disabilities to participate in our programs and activities as faculty, staff, students, and as visitors to the College. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided for an event on our campus, please contact Dr. Frank Kuserk (610-861-1429; mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) at least two weeks in advance of the event.
Financial support for the Environmental Studies & Sciences film and lecture series is provided through a grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.