HORIZONS 2019 – Helen F. James, D. Phil.
May 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Helen F. James, D. Phil.,
National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
Discovering a Lost World of Birds: Fossils in Hawaii’s Lava Caves
Helen James is a leading paleo-ornithologist, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Curator of Birds for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History where she oversees one of the largest museum collections of birds in the world. During several decades of research, she and her collaborators have discovered over sixty species of extinct fossil birds in the Hawaiian Islands, many of them with odd traits like the inability to fly. She will share the story of these astounding discoveries and how they changed what we think about extinction, as well as how to prevent it.
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