Dr. Brett DeGregorio, who received his master’s degree in Biology from IPFW in 2008, will return to campus later this month to present research he conducted as a doctoral student at the University of Illinois. His presentation, Snakes as Predators of Bird Nests: Now and in a Warming World, will reveal the contemporary role serpents play as predators of birds and the implications climate warming may have on birds’ abilities to escape being eaten by their nocturnal, legless adversaries.
When: January 22nd from 12-1 pm
Where: IPFW Science Building, room 185
How would you like to have this in Fort Wayne??
For an update on this thread, check out this nice piece by Lisa Ryan of WBOI, or local NPR channel.
Fort Wayne Riverfront Development Could Include Environmental Center
The ERC’s director Bruce Kingsbury is working with the City of Fort Wayne and others on the concept of a downtown facility focusing on environmental stewardship and sustainability. It is proposed as part of the Riverfront Fort Wayne Development and would help the community pursue the goals of enhancing the economy, providing additional recreational opportunities, and protecting and restoring the rivers and other habitats.
For previous coverage, read the recent article in the News Sentinel here.
Turns out that salamanders are pretty good predators. In consuming substantial numbers of insects and their larvae (many of which release carbon by shredding leaves), salamanders play a role in carbon regulation. Though there’s debate on the extent of this role, it is clear that much remains to be learned about these creatures.
Check out the study.