March 7, 2005
'Secrets of Nature' lectures March 7, 14,
The Secrets of Nature, a lecture series featuring
UCSC faculty and alumni, will be presented by the Santa
Cruz Museum Association in March.
Salamanders are the focus of the first "Secrets of
Photo: Barry Sinervo
All the lectures will be held on Mondays at 7 p.m. at the
Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center St., in Santa Cruz.
Salamander secrets are the subject of the first lecture,
Giants, Toxic Newts, Tigers and Long-toes: A Journey to
the Wonderful World of Salamanders by Barry Sinervo, professor
of ecology and evolutionary biology.
Sinervos presentation will include discussion of his
work on species from the campus, including the campus caves
system. Information on Sinervos research is available
on his web
On March 14, plant ecologist and UCSC graduate Jodi M. McGraw
will speak on Secrets of the Sandhills: A Biodiversity
Hotspot. McGraw is a freelance biologist on a variety
of endangered species conservation projects in central coastal
California, including sandhills preservation and management
plans. She is president of the Sandhills Alliance for Natural
Diversity (S.A.N.D.), a local conservation organization.
Slug Secrets: Sex and Speciation, is the topic
of a March 21 lecture by emeritus professor of biology John
Pearse and Jan Leonard, a postdoctoral researcher in Pearses
lab. Pearse delivered the Emeriti Faculty Lecture at UCSC in
2004, and information on his research is available at
The cost of attending all three lectures is $15 for Museum
Association members and students; nonmembers will be charged
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