November 1, 2013 at 9:30 am

Science Café: Fossil Invasion with Alycia Stigall, Nov. 6

Dr. Alycia Stigall

Dr. Alycia Stigall

Join Dr. Alycia Stigall, Associate Professor of Geological Sciences, as she and her collection of fossils invade the Front Room during her Science Café discussion, “Fossil Invasion! Studying ancient species to help predict consequences of modern invasive species,” on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 5 p.m. in the Baker Front Room.

Fossil Invasion Science CafeWhen they hear the word “fossil,” people imagine long-dead species only remembered and relevant through specimens and records kept in a museum. How can these species possibly be relevant to our lives today?

Dr. Alycia Stigall, Associate Professor of Geological Sciences, researches the fossils we can find in our own backyards.

“Fossils and ancient species are extremely relevant to the Ohio ecosystem,” Stigall says. She uses the fossils from the past to learn about modern invasive species that are present throughout the state and country.

“One of the problems with understanding invasive species is we can only look at a few decades of them,” Stigall says. “Fossils allow us to look back even further.”

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Café events are free and open to students, faculty and staff. Café Conversations and Science Cafés are both venues for students to share their interests informally during a conversation exchange in a friendly setting. The Science Café is hosted by Dr. Sarah Wyatt, Professor of Environmental & Plant Biology and Vice President of the Ohio University Chapter of Sigma Xi. The two series are sponsored by the Ohio University chapter of Sigma Xi and the Office of the Vice President for Research. Find the Science Café on Facebook and Twitter.

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