Life Cycles: The Spotted Salamander – Lecture TODAY at 7pm in Myers Hall 130

Distinguished Professor Roger Hangarter (IU Biology) and Betsy Stirratt, curator of Grunwald Gallery, use photos and films to examine the intersection of beautfy , science and appreciation of local biodiversity in a series of monthly discussions. October’s offering is “Life Cycles: The Spotted Salamander.”

Life consists of cycles within cycles, complex interactions between organisms, sex, birth, death, and sometimes violence. In this lecture we will explore various aspects of beauty revealed by an examination of the life cycle of the spotted salamander, Ambystoma maculatum, the largest salamander in our region. This lecture is part of Themester 2016’s Biodiversity Lecture Series.

About this series:
Biological diversity is astonishing in its scope, beauty, and importance. With increasing urbanization and the pervasiveness of technology, humans are becoming more and more alienated from the nature system we are part of. Indeed, many people today only know about nature through virtual experiences delivered through television or the internet.

The growing detachment of humans from the natural world we inhabit has become known as “nature deficit syndrome.” In an effort to overcome the nature deficit syndrome, we will present a series of monthly lecture presentations that will focus on the beauty and science of the natural history that we have in Bloomington and our surrounding areas (within a 50-mile radius of Bloomington).

The presentations will be based on photographs and movie clips of our regional biology that will provide the audience with the opportunity to learn about the spectacular biodiversity our local environment offers. The motivation is to awaken a healthy awareness of our surroundings, generate an interest in learning more about the ecosystem we inhabit, and to encourage people to explore and contemplate on their own the beauty and wonder of Indiana’s ample and diverse nature. We hope to convince members of the audience there is no need to travel to exotic locations to find “nature.”