Burpee lecture series features Field Museum curator of mammals Feb. 24

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Bruce D. Patterson, Ph.D., MacArthur Curator of Mammals, Science and Education at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, will discuss “Tsavo Lions” in a lecture at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 24.

The lecture will be at Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 N. Main St., Rockford. Admission is free to members, free with paid admission ($10 adults, $9 children 7-17, and free for ages 6 and younger and members) or $5 for the lecture only.

Lions are impressively variable in morphology, genetics, behavior and ecology. Dr. Patterson will speak about his Tsavo research program to document lion behavior and ecology in dry woodlands, an environment that contrasts sharply with the Serengeti Plains. His work involves many collaborations with fellow scientists, chief among them Dr. Samuel Kasiki of the Kenya Wildlife Service.

Dr. Patterson is a member of the Committee on Evolutionary Biology at University of Chicago. He serves as an adjunct professor of ecology and evolution at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is also past president of the American Society of Mammalogists and past president of the Society for the Study of Mammalian Evolution.

Burpee’s hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., daily. Annual membership is $70 for one year or $125 for two years. Free parking is on site.

Next in the lecture series will be Steve Simpson of Highland College discussing “Boreal Odyssey: a 6,000-mile voyage by canoe and kayak from Illinois to the mouth of the Yukon River.” Simpson’s lecture will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 24, at Burpee.

For more details, call (815) 965-3433 or visit www.burpee.org.

Posted Feb. 20, 2013

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