When: Monday, February 26, 8 p.m.
Where: Yarnall Auditorium
Christopher Witt '92, Associate Professor of Biology at the University of New Mexico, returns to campus to speak on the topic of "Life, Elevated: What Happens to Living Things at High Altitudes."
Christopher is Director and Curator of Birds at the Museum of Southwestern Biology and Associate Professor in the Department of Biology of the University of New Mexico. After graduating from GFS, he received his B.A. from College of the Atlantic in 1997, and his Ph.D. from LSU in 2004, after which he completed a postdoc at UC-Berkeley.
Christopher's research addresses how genes influence where species live, how they compete with other species, and how they will be affected by climate warming. In 2016, his research on high-altitude hummingbirds was featured in a PBS Nature documentary, Super Hummingbirds.
Christopher's favorite research subjects are hummingbirds and other birds of the high Andes and the southwestern USA. He advocates support for natural history collections as essential tools to understand biodiversity. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed scientific articles, including several in journals such as Science and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
When you arrive on campus:
If you are coming by car, look for Event Parking signs. There are 3 options for parking:
- the lot that is on the southeast corner of Germantown and Coulter Streets (across Germantown Avenue from the school)
- the lot that is accessed from Coulter Street that is BEHIND the Admissions building (across the street from the Meeting House)
- on street parking. If the lots are full, parking on the street is easy, and the GFS security crew is out and about in the evenings.
Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by email or phone (215-248-6522).