Second Annual Symposium

Yesterday, the 19th of January, the Metropolitan Society of Natural Historians did convene its second annual symposium, with a suite of excellent speakers and an enraptured audience.

We heard about the difficulties of using bovid skull morphology in phylogenetics and learned of the successes of plant succession in a superfund site and the challenges to lichen succession in proscribed burn zones. After some excellent refreshments (if I do say so myself), the life and growth of tropical fire ants kicked off our second round of talks. Our own Matrician then told of hair-raising adventures in the wilds of Southeast Asia, seeking elusive scorpions. We enjoyed a great talk about fresh water algae distributions, and then the afternoon was rounded out with an informative presentation on bed bug biology, including tips on prevention and control- essential for New Yorkers. As always, a wiser group left the event, filled with knowledge and wonder at the natural world.

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See the program.

Yours culinarily,

Sean McKenzie