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Scott Moody to discuss local natural history at Sept. 19 Science Café

From staff reports | Sep 5, 2018
Ohio University Associate Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences Scott Moody will be the first Science Café speaker of the 2018-19 school year.
Ohio University Associate Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences Scott Moody will be the first Science Café speaker of the 2018-19 school year. Photo Credit: Phil Cantino

Following the settlement of the Revolutionary War with the British in 1783 and the founding of the Northwest Territory (Ordinance of 1787), large numbers of European Americans migrated west from the eastern colonies.  Many were veterans of the Revolutionary War and had been given land grants for tracts along the Ohio, Muskingum and Hocking Rivers.  

At that time the forests, rivers and tall-grass prairies were remarkably different and wild, with large mammal carnivores as well as large herbivorous prey that no longer live in Ohio. 

Associate Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences Scott Moody will take you back to that period of time, representing what the pioneer founders—notably Cutler, Ewing, Nye and Putnam—would have experienced at the founding of Ohio University. 

At his Science Café presentation, “Athens, OH 240 Years Ago: A Natural History,” Moody also will discuss the current status of reintroducing once extirpated amphibian, reptilian and mammal species, as well as recreating and protecting appropriate natural ecological habitats of the state and federal forests and riverine tall-grass prairies.  A selection of preserved specimens from the Ohio University Zoology Museum will be on display.

The event, which kicks off the 10-year celebration of the Science Café series, will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19, in the Baker Center Front Room.

Science Cafés are part of Ohio University’s Café Series. The series provides a venue for students to informally share their interests during a conversational exchange with faculty presenters, staff and the Athens community.

Free coffee is offered to the first 50 attendees, and participants who ask questions can win a free t-shirt.

The series is supported by the Ohio University Research Division and Sigma Xi.

Learn more! Watch the 1-minute Café Series video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8IBC6nS4Ag

For the schedule of fall semester speakers and access to livestreaming of the event, visit http://www.ohio.edu/sciencecafe   and   http://livestream.com/ohiocas.