Science Café Cleveland presents


Hoards of Insects: The Value and Use of Natural History Collections


AUGUST 8, 2016




Gavin Svenson, PhD

Coordinator of Research, Curator and Head of Invertebrate Zoology, The Cleveland Museum of Natural History




Nicole Gunter, PhD

Collections Manager of Invertebrate Zoology, The Cleveland Museum of Natural History




Hundreds of thousands of insects are kept in the basement of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Why so many? How are they used? Where are they from? Insects represent just a fraction of the museum's overall collections, which range from dinosaur fossils to Native American artifacts. With a focus on insects, we will discuss how natural history collections at hundreds of museums and academic institutions worldwide play a foundational role in science by preserving verifiable information through space and time. Collections allow us trace our evolutionary origins, explain current biodiversity patterns, and inform future sustainability strategies - all by using specimens that most people don't even know exist.





The Music Box Supper Club - Concert Hall

1148 Main Avenue

Cleveland, Ohio 44113



August 8, 2016

Doors will be open 5:30 - 9:00 PM (Last call at 8:45PM). Presentation and discussion is 7:00 - 8:00 PM. The Concert Hall will also host a limited menu before and during the event. Not to mention a full bar! (Click here to view menu). Come early, get a good seat, grab a bite and a beverage and enjoy the discussion!


WHO: Sponsored by Case Western Reserve University chapter of Sigma Xi, WCPN ideastream, and the Music Box Supper Club.


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