Thursday, September 2, 2010

Friday Lecture: Of Mice and Moose and Scat

A SUNY Plattsburgh ecologist whose research has taken her from Alaska to the Adirondacks will speak at Paul Smith’s College on Friday, Sept. 3. Dr. Danielle Garneau’s talk, “Of Mice and Moose and Scat,” will launch this fall’s Fish & Wildlife Seminar Series at Paul Smith’s. The lecture will be held at 10:10 a.m. in the Pine Room of the Joan Weill Student Center. It is free and open to the public.

Garneau, an assistant professor of environmental science at Plattsburgh State, will give an overview of her work during the hour-long discussion. In Alaska, Garneau studied moose calf mortality, and later collared black bears to assess their movement patterns and habitat use during the moose calving season. She is currently working on a molecular genetics project that will extract DNA from hair, scat and roadkill tissues to assess vertebrate species in potential wildlife corridors between the Champlain Valley and Adirondack Park.

Two other seminars are scheduled this fall. On Friday, Nov. 12, Heidi Kretser, the Wildlife Conservation Society’s livelihoods and conservation coordinator, will discuss “Science Delivery to Achieve Conservation,” an exploration of her work to combine social sciences with biology in order to understand the effects of development on wildlife and conservation. An October event remains to be scheduled.

Read more about moose in the Adirondacks here.

 

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