Expert on NYS reptiles and amphibians to speak at Paul Smith's College - 2009-09-25
PAUL SMITH’S COLLEGE HOSTING EXPERT ON NATIVE AMPHIBIANS, REPTILES
Dr. James Gibbs speaking at Fisheries & Wildlife Seminar Series on Friday, Oct. 2
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PAUL SMITHS - Dr. James Gibbs, co-author of a widely used field guide to New York State amphibians and reptiles, will be the next speaker at the Paul Smith’s College Fisheries & Wildlife Seminar Series.
Gibbs will speak on Friday, Oct. 2, at 10:10 a.m., in the Pine Room of the college’s Joan Weill Student Center. The lecture is free and open to the public. His talk is called “Ecology, Evolution and Conservation of Giant Galapagos Tortoises.”
Gibbs is a professor of conservation biology and wildlife management at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. His book “The Amphibians and Reptiles of New York State” was the first guide on the subject, bringing together information on all 69 species native to the state.
He has done extensive research on rare species in New York State, including the Massasauga rattlesnake, bog turtles and Eastern hellbender, one of the largest salamanders found in the U.S.
Gibbs is the second of three speakers scheduled for this fall’s seminar series. On Friday, Nov. 6, Dr. Jenn Bishop of Union College in Schenectady will discuss fertility of migratory tropical birds.
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