Patricia Wright, distinguished service professor of anthropology at Stony Brook University, New York, will give a free public lecture telling the story of creating a national park in Madagascar to protect threatened lemurs and scarce forest. “Back from the Brink of Extinction: Saving Lemurs in Madagascar” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 6, in Rasmussen Rotunda, Wheelock Student Center. Wright, who received a MacArthur “genius” award for her work, will talk about the 30-year project with the local community to create Madagascar’s “conservation hub,” which today includes a national park, research station, ecotourism, conservation education, improved local health, reforestation, environmental arts, biodiversity science, and new local businesses.
Professor Wright will also speak to the Stacey Weiss’s Biology 472 Animal Behavior class on the topic “Female Dominance in Lemurs.” The class will run from 11–11:50 a.m. Monday, March 6, in Wyatt Hall, Room 101 and is open to all Puget Sound students, faculty, and staff.
Students who would like to have lunch with Professor Wright on Monday, March 6 at noon should email Peter Wimberger (firstname.lastname@example.org ) . There are limited spots for lunch, so email soon!