Looking for Life: Adventures and Misadventures in Species Exploration Symposium

Wednesday, February 11, 2009, 12:30-7 p.m.
Location: Turquoise Ballroom at the Memorial Union

Sponsors: International Institute for Species Exploration, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Each year, the International Institute for Species Exploration holds a public symposium with a series of internationally recognized speakers and, in coordination with the Linnean Society of London, announces the winner of the Linnean Legacy Award. This year, held on the eve of Darwin’s 200th birthday, the focus will be on the joy and the agony of finding new species. Organized by Andrew Hamilton and Charlotte Johnston, the symposium features a panel of species explorers. Attendees will come along with paleontologists, microbiologists, botanists and zoologists as they find their way through rainforests, deserts, and coral reefs on the way to what we see in museums and research laboratories. Their stories are vivid accounts of the wit, daring, adrenaline and dumb luck behind cataloging the world’s biodiversity.

For more information about species exploration or the International Institute for Species Exploration should contact Andrew Hamilton.


Quentin Wheeler

12:30–1 p.m.
Welcome and Introduction to the Looking for Life Project
Dr. Quentin Wheeler, ASU Vice President
Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Director
International Institute for Species Exploration Professor
School of Life Sciences
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Arizona State University

From the discovery of unknown and unnamed species in the wild to the museums that come to house them, listen in as this real life species explorer talks about birds, beasts, beetles, the people that work with them, and how ASU is advancing their discovery amidst the increasing biodiversity crisis.


Richard Fortey
Robert Krulwich, National Public Radio
Co-host of NPR's "Radio Lab", NPR science correspondent and ABC News Special Correspondent, Robert Krulwich has been called "the most inventive network reporter in television" by TV Guide. His specialty is explaining complex subjects — science, technology, economics — in a style that is clear, compelling and entertaining.


John McHugh

Taxonomic Adventures in the Realm of Little Brown Beetles
Joe McHugh, University of Georgia
Audio Podcast Available

Vicki Funk

Collecting then and Now, the Importance of Field Biology
Vicki Funk, Smithsonian Institution
Audio Podcast Available

Kipling Will

Gondwanan Odysseys and Taxonomic Adventures
Kipling Will, UC Berkeley
Audio Podcast Available

Richard Pyle

Exploring Life on the Edge of Darkness
Richard Pyle, Hawaii Biological Survey
Audio Podcast Available

Richard Fortey

Second Annual IISE-Linnean Society of London Legacy Lecture
Around the World in Eighty Trilobites
Richard Fortey, British Museum
Audio Podcast Available


Interview with Richard Fortey
Robert Krulwich, National Public Radio

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