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Natural History Museum Presents Butterflies in the Sierra Nevada

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The Sierra College Natural History Museum will host a presentation entitled “Butterflies in the Sierra Nevada: what we’ve learned about populations, climate and change from 40 years of data” by Professor Matt Forister, a biologist from University Nevada, Reno, on Friday, May 15, at 7:30 PM in Sewell Hall (room 111) on the Sierra College-Rocklin Campus.

Professor Forister has had the opportunity to work with Dr. Art Shapiro from the University of California, Davis, who has been observing butterflies across an altitudinal transect in Northern California for four decades. Much has changed in the butterfly fauna in that time, and he'll describe what they have learned about the influence of climate and development on the butterfly populations.

Forister’s research focuses on population ecology and the evolution of ecological interactions. He uses herbivorous insects as models for exploring the evolution of herbivore-plant interactions. He and his research colleagues are also interested in the conservation and management of insect diversity. In the field, their research includes the Great Basin, the Sierra Nevada, and much of the western hemisphere including tropical sites. Matt Forister is an Associate Professor of Biology at University Nevada, Reno. He earned his Ph.D from U.C. Davis, and conducted post-doctoral research at Stonybrook University.

This presentation is part of the Sierra College Natural History Museum’s 2014-2015 lecture series, and will be held on Friday, May 15 at 7:30 pm in Sewell Hall, room 111. Tickets are available at the door. Prices are General $5 / Students and Seniors $2 / Museum members free. All proceeds benefit the Sierra College Natural History Museum.

The Sierra College Rocklin Campus is located at 5000 Rocklin Road in Rocklin. There is no charge for parking after 4pm on Friday. For more information, call the Sierra College Natural History Museum at 916-660-7926.
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