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SciCafe: Explore21: Cuba

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

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Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean and home to an astonishingly diverse and unique set of animals and plants. Join Museum scientists Ana Porzecanski and Angelo Soto-Centeno for a lively discussion about their recent expedition to Cuba and the new avenues for scientific collaboration on the island.

Read More

  • Check out a Scientific Reports article on Caribbean bat extinctions: “Fossils reject climate change as the cause of extinction of Caribbean bats” 
  • Read a PNAS article on changes in vertebrate community composition: “Vertebrate community on an ice-age Caribbean island”
  • View a AMNH Novitates article on the distribution of hot-cave bats: “The importance of late Quaternary climate change and karst on distributions of Caribbean mormoopid bats” 

About the Speakers

Ana Luz Porzecanski, Director of the Museum's Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, is a conservation biologist with experience in scientific research, science education, professional training, and capacity development at multiple scales. She has over a decade of experience leading projects to build conservation capacity in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the United States.  Dr. Porzecanski spent her childhood in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, obtained her undergraduate degree in biological sciences from the Universidad de la República, Uruguay, and her Ph.D. from Columbia University, where she carried out research on the systematics and historical biogeography of South American aridland birds, as well as international environmental policy issues. She is an adjunct faculty member at Columbia University and New York University.

Angelo Soto-Centeno works as Theodore Roosevelt and Gerstner Postdoctoral Fellow in Mammalogy at American Museum of Natural History. His research focuses on assessing species diversity and population structure of mammals. He integrates genetics, fossils, and species distribution models to understand changes in bat communities across time. Most recently, he has studied the role of historical climate change on the extinction and survival of Caribbean bats.

Watch scientists discuss their expedition to the remote mountains of Papua New Guinea as part of the Museum's Explore21 initiative.


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The SciCafe Series is proudly sponsored by Judy and Josh Weston.

The Museum’s Explore21 Initiative is generously supported by the leadership contributions of Katheryn P. and Thomas L. Kempner, Jr., Linda R. and William E. Macaulay, and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

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