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University distinguished professor to speak at Nov. 20 lecture

Monday, November 17, 2014

The University of Kansas will host University Distinguished Professor and Senior Curator at the Biodiversity Institute, Dr. Town Peterson at the November 20 installment of the Libraries Lecture Series. The series, held at 3:30 p.m. on the third floor of Watson Library, highlights the breadth of interdisciplinary research and creative work found on an expansive range of topics across campus.

Peterson’s work focuses on aspects of the geography of biodiversity with an emphasis on tropical ornithology and systematics. He has conducted research on the alpha taxonomy of birds, as well as on the phylogeny of recently radiated clades of birds. His work with the geography and ecology of species' distributions has taken him into other fields, including conservation biology and planning, invasive species biology, and disease transmission systems. Peterson’s work is collaborative in nature, and usually involves geographers, computer scientists, and biologists.

The lecture is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided.

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