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Lecture Series: Benthic Bugs
July 23, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Title: Benthic Bugs at Barrow
Benthos-refers to the organisms associated with the bottom of a body of water; the benthic zone is where the water and land interact.
Dr. Heinrich research which focuses on the connections between aquatic and terrestrial habitats. Traditionally, exploration of ecosystems has been restricted to connections within conventionally defined ecosystem boundaries (i.e., within a stream, within a forest). Further, the exploration of the aquatic-terrestrial interface has emphasized directional inputs from land to water. However, a relatively new body of research has characterized reciprocal interactions and draws attention to fluxes from water to land, including the emergence of aquatic insects that serve as prey for terrestrial predators. The presentation will also include a crash course on aquatic insect identification so that the next time you’re playing in the creek, you can collect and identify bugs.
I plan to show up early and collect some bugs from Salado Creek so that we have live specimens to pass around!
Dr. Heinrich is from Carlsbad, New Mexico. He has an undergraduate degree in Biology with a minor in Music from Kansas State University, a masters degree in Zoology from Southern Illinois University, and a doctorate in Biological Sciences from Idaho State University. His research focuses on science education, freshwater ecology, and invertebrate biology. Dr. Heinrich and his wife, Ashley (who graduated from Texas A&M), have one daughter and one son. His hobbies include music, sports (especially college football), and the outdoors.
Barrow Brewing Company has invited a different lecturer to the brewery each month in Summer 2017. We hope you’ll join us for a pint and a thought or two.