Category Archives: Ecology

IPFW alumnus to speak on snakes and birds

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





Celebration of St. Francis’ Feast Day & Free Conference on Recent Encyclical

Celebration of St. Francis’ Feast Day 2015

On Sunday, September 27th, First Presbyterian Church on 300 W. Wayne St. will be hosting a luncheon and a presentation by Dr. Esperanca Camara exploring St. Francis’ love of nature.

The luncheon starts at 12:15 pm, and will be catered by Splendid Fare. Reservations need to be made by today by calling the church office, and tickets are $7.00. Afterwards, Dr. Camara’s presentation, “Reflections on St. Francis, Pope Francis, and Creation: A Message for the 21st Century”, will begin at 1:30 pm. This event is free of charge and open to the community.

The program is in anticipation of the Blessing of the Animals on Saturday, October 3rd at 10:00 in the First Presbyterian Church Courtyard. Members of the church and the community are invited to bring their pets (or photos if the animal is too large to bring) for this event sponsored by the First Pres Earth Care Ministry. Click the link for more information: An Invitation to St Francis’ Feast Day.

Examining Laudato Si

Also on Saturday, October 3rd is a free one-day conference held by the University of Saint Francis to study Pope Francis’ recent encyclical.

“Sharing the Gospel of Creation: Integral Ecology and Catholic Theology in Pope Francis’ Laudato Si” will explore the theological, scientific, and political aspects of this document on the environment, from 12:30 pm to 5 pm in the USF North Campus, 2702 Spring St., Fort Wayne.

The conference will feature four sessions with a break in between for light refreshments and discussion, and a final panel discussion at the end. The speakers for each session are Mr. John Carr, Director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University; Dr. J. Matthew Ashely, Chair of the Department of Theology at University of Notre Dame; Dr. Maryanne Cusimano Love, Associate Professor of International Relations at The Catholic University of America; and Dr. Adam Deville, Chair of the Department of Philosogy and Theology at USF.

While free, the event does require advanced registration. For more information, please visit their website, or contact Dr. Lance Richey at 260-399-8112 or