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How Natural History Museums Are Revolutionizing Science

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 10:30am to 11:30am


You may know that Cornell Library is among the top ten research libraries in North America and that the Johnson Art Museum’s distinguished collections are heavily used in teaching and research and typically engage more than 80,000 visitors.  But the university is also home to a range of fascinating collections beyond books and art.  CAPE is proud to launch a new series that explores these collections—from brains to zoological specimens.
      First up will be the Cornell University Insect Collection, a world-class research and training collection that includes over 7 million insect specimens representing about 200,000 species, or roughly 20% of the World’s described insect fauna.  Director and Curator Corrie Moreau will talk about the importance of natural history collections and the research that is being supported by Cornell’s holdings.

     The talk, entitled “How Natural History Museums Are Revolutionizing Science!” will take place on May 18 at 10:30.  Link to join webinar:

Corrie S. Moreau*, Ph.D., is the Martha N. and John C. Moser Professor of Arthropod Biosystematics and Biodiversity and Director & Curator of the Cornell University Insect Collection in the Departments of Entomology and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology.

Looking Ahead!
In June, we will explore the Costume collection with curator Denise Green.  Future lectures will feature the Wilder Brian Collection, Photography, and much, much more.

*Dr. Corrie Moreau is the Martha N. and John C. Moser Professor of Arthropod Biosystematics and Biodiversity at Cornell University in the Departments of Entomology and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in Ithaca, New York, USA.  She is also the Director and Curator of the Cornell University Insect Collection with over 7 million specimens.  Dr. Moreau earned her Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology from Harvard University and was a Miller Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley.  Before this she completed her undergraduate and Master's degrees at San Francisco State University.  Dr. Moreau was elected a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America in 2020, an AAAS Fellow in 2018, a Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences USA in 2016, a National Geographic Explorer in 2014, and highlighted as a Woman of Impact by the National Geographic Society in 2018.  In addition she has two species named after her!

Dr. Moreau's research on the evolution and diversification of ants and their symbiotic bacteria couples field-based research with molecular and genomic tools to address the origin of species and how co-evolved systems benefit both partners.  Also, she pursues questions on the role of biogeography, trait evolution, and symbiosis in shaping macroevolutionary processes to better understand broad-scale evolutionary patterns of life.  In addition to her passion for scientific research, Dr. Moreau is also engaged with efforts to promote science communication and increase diversity in the sciences. 


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