The Science Café series returns to Mershon Hall. This series features expert speakers and discussions on exciting conservation topics every third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. Enjoy refreshing drinks during Cocktails in the Garden (or Fest-of-Ale during October) every Thursday!
Free with Garden Admission | Meet in Mershon Hall
October 17: Alien Invaders of the Georgia Coast
Speaker: Anthony Martin, Professor of Pedagogy, Department of Environmental Sciences, Emory University
Anthony (Tony) Martin is a Professor of Practice in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Emory University, where he has taught classes in geology, paleontology, and environmental sciences. He has a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Georgia with a research specialty is ichnology, the study of modern and ancient traces from animal behavior. He has published more than 150 research articles and abstracts on a variety of modern and fossil traces. He is the author of eight books, including Life Traces of the Georgia Coast, Dinosaurs Without Bones, and The Evolution Underground, and his upcoming book is Tracking the Golden Isles with University of Georgia Press, available in spring 2020. In 2015, in recognition of his accomplishments in scientific exploration and public outreach, Martin was elected as a Fellow in The Explorers Club and a Fellow in the Geological Society of America.
Description: Invasive species of animals – from ambrosia beetles to feral horses – have caused major changes to ecosystems of the Georgia barrier islands and otherwise affected native species of plants and animals there. But what are some of their visible impacts, and what can we do to about these species? Find out with this lively, on-the-ground look at the traces of these animals, their histories, and behaviors.