Dr. Neil Bernstein, Professor of Biology and Chair of the Department of Natural and Applied Sciences at Mount Mercy University, will speak as part of UI Museum of Natural History's monthly Explorers Seminar Series in the Biosphere Discovery Hub. The lecture will begin at 7:00pm, with refreshments (including cupcakes from Molly's Cupcakes Iowa City at 6:30pm).
Dr. Bernstein's past research involved ecology and behavior of Antarctic seabirds, and his current research is a collaborative effort between students and scientists at Cornell College to radio track Ornate Box Turtles. Data are being collected on habitat usage and movements to learn better how to protect this state-threatened species. He is also conducting research on the state-endangered yellow mud turtle at Big Sand Mound near Muscatine.This research also involves ornate box turtles, lizards, snakes, and rare small mammals.