NEXT TWO EVENTS

Saturday, October 6: Ecology and Biological Inventory Project of Van Cortlandt Park

Please join us for Ecology and Biological Inventory Project of Van Cortlandt Park with Christian Liriano and Dr. Pío Colmenares on Saturday, October 6 at 2 PM.

We will explore Van Cortlandt Park and its ecological communities, looking for ants, beetles, and harvestmen with researchers, Christian Liriano and Dr. Pío Colmenares. This event is part of a long term, biological inventory initiative to document all species and understand the ecology of the park. During the event, Christian and Pío will explain the goals of the Van Cortlandt Park biological inventory project, discuss findings from recent research, and demonstrate different techniques used to collect arthropods groups. They will also discuss the differences between ecological communities in northern temperature regions and those in tropical regions, particularly the Amazon.

This tour is FREE! However, in order to make the event enjoyable for everyone, we are limiting the size of the group. To attend this event, you MUST send an email to metropolitannaturalhistory@gmail.com. Once your registration is confirmed, details on where and when to meet will be emailed to you. Facebook and Meetup "attendance" will not be considered as registration.

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Christian Liriano is an independent field biologist and volunteer/researcher at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). At AMNH, he helps care for the arachnid collection and is involved with several projects including, comparative morphology of weevils and the taxonomy of tropical American harvestmen. His other interests include habitat ecology and the taxonomy of understudied organisms from northeastern North America (e.g, beetles, bryophytes) and comparative community and ecosystem ecology of rural and urban systems. Christian will continue with his studies at the College of Staten Island in the spring of 2019.

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Dr. Pío Colmenares is an arachnologist at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) with experience in taxonomy and ecology. His main research interests are the taxonomy, systematics, ecology, conservation and biogeography of Opiliones. He also has experience with other arachnid orders, such as Amblypygi, Schizomida and Solifugae. Pío joined the AMNH staff in 2016 and is currently in charge of the Arachnid (non-Araneae) and Myriapod Collections.
 Pío received his undergraduate degree in biology in 2008, from the University of Zulia in Maracaibo, Venezuela. Upon graduating, he also worked in the Biodiversity Unit at the Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas in Caracas, Venezuela. In 2009, he studied at the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., where he received training in curatorial techniques and management of various natural history collections. In 2015, Pío defended his doctoral thesis on Amazonian Harvestmen communities at the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia in Manaus, Brazil.

NB: A photographer will be taking photos of this event for our website. If you attend this event and do not wish to have your photo posted to our website, PLEASE let us know in your reservation and we will accommodate.

NB: By attending this event, you agree that The Metropolitan Society of Natural Historians, Inc., its officers, its event organizers and leaders are in no way responsible for any injuries or property damage that occur during this event or travel to and from the event location. 

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Saturday, October 13: Finding Fossils in Big Brook, N.J. with AMNH paleontologist Carl Mehling

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Please join us for Finding Fossils in Big Brook, N.J. with AMNH paleontologist Carl Mehling on Saturday, October 13 at 10 AM. Take a trip back in time and visit a marine coastal environment of the Late Cretaceous, roughly 75 million years ago in Big Brook, Monmouth County, New Jersey. Search for fossils of extinct vertebrates and invertebrates that once inhabited our area and learn about their evolution and ecology from Carl Mehling, Senior Museum Specialist in the Division of Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History. Big Brook is famous for its abundance of fossils from the Late Cretaceous and has been a hotspot for fossil hunting for decades. Come and join us for a fun-filled day at Big Brook as we search for fossils in a local stream in the reserve.

This event is FREE! If you are interested in attending, please send an email to metropolitannaturalhistory@gmail.com to make a reservation. 'Facebook' and 'Meetup' signups are NOT considered registration. Once your reservation is confirmed, details on where to meet at Big Brook will be emailed to you along with a waiver form that must be signed and returned in order for your to participate in this event.  

This is an all day event! Registered participants should be sure to pack plenty of water, lunch and snacks. This event will involve searching for fossils in a shallow stream so be sure to wear appropriate clothes and footwear.

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Carl Mehling has been at the American Museum of Natural History since 1990 and currently cares for the world's largest collection of dinosaur fossils, plus other reptiles, early synapsids, and early tetrapods. He is interested in all aspects of paleontology, especially fringe areas like bizarre modes of preservation, anomalous discoveries, and oddities within the history of paleontology. Carl collects fossils of all kinds, globally, and writes about scholarly and popular pieces of fossils.

NB: A photographer will be taking photos of this event for our website. If you attend this event and do not wish to have your photo posted to our website, PLEASE let us know in your reservation and we will accommodate.

NB: By attending this event, you agree that The Metropolitan Society of Natural Historians, Inc., its officers, its event organizers and leaders are in no way responsible for any injuries or property damage that occur during this event or travel to and from the event location.