Join us Monday, March 14, 2022 at 7:00 PM to hear Angela Hornsby, Ph.D. present her fascinating talk on A library of biodiversity: 125 years of research, education, and outreach in the Philip L. Wright Zoological Museum.
2022 marks the 125-year anniversary of the UMZM, and the 25-year anniversary since its dedication in honor of the work and legacy of Dr. Phil Wright. Curator Angela Hornsby will walk the audience through the history and growth of the UMZM, highlighting how specimens still occupy central roles in our scientific understanding of bird life and in the training of future generations of wildlife biologists, ecologists, conservationists, and more. There will be time at the end of the talk to see a small diversity of the UMZM’s over 6,000 specimens of bird study skins, skeletons, nests, and eggs in person.
Angela serves as Curator of the Philip L. Wright Zoological Museum at the University of Montana. She received her Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology at the University of Nevada-Reno in 2016, and was a post-doc at Virginia Tech until joining UM in 2019. Her research follows two main themes: small mammal evolution and biogeography in response to climate change, and the evolution of dietary toxin resistance in birds and reptiles. Angela’s work in the Phil Wright Museum focuses on undergraduate and graduate student training, growing the collections, improving accessibility of biodiversity data, and assisting researchers in their use of the collections, which number over 23,000 specimens of birds and mammals representing life from the 1880s through today.
The meeting will be held in Room 110 in the Interdisciplinary Sciences Building (ISB) on the University of Montana campus. The building lies on the south end of campus on Beckwith Avenue between Maurice and Mansfield avenues. We will continue to meet in-person unless increasing COVID numbers require us to switch to a virtual meeting. Please check your email regularly and monitor our website for updates. Masks will continue to be required based on university policy and social distancing will be practiced.