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Science Pub: The Art and Science of Taxonomy

Join Dr. Michael Caterino, as he engages attendees on the many species that have been named for an array of famous and infamous personalities; and shares the challenges scientists are facing in gaining knowledge about biodiversity.

When: Monday, July 22, 2013, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Dargan's Irish Pub & Restaurant, 18 E. Ortega St., Santa Barbara

Cost: Free

Age limit: 21+

Categories: Lectures

Description:

“The Art and Science of Taxonomy”
Dr. Michael Caterino
Curator of Entomology – Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Naming organisms is as essential to modern science as it was to Linnean-era biologists of the 1700s. In the race to document biodiversity before the modern world takes too big a toll, biologists are discovering species at an unprecedented rate, and all these new species need names!

While the rules for naming seem strict and stodgy to many scientists--taxonomists, those responsible for naming species, have taken some remarkable, hilarious, and downright questionable liberties.

A program of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. FREE. Contact jcanty@sbnature2.org for more information.

Phone: 805-682-4711

Event posted May 20, 2013
Last updated May 20, 2013

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