Pelican Lecture

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P. Dee Boersma, 2017 Pelican Lecture Speaker

The Biology Department sponsors a Bi-annual lecture in honor of Dr. Ralph Schreiber. Dr. Schreiber was a graduate of the College of Wooster, noted for his work on seabirds, including pelicans. His parents, the late Clare Adel and William Schreiber, were long term residents of and contributors to the Wooster Community and endowed this lecture in Ralph’s memory.

The 2017 Pelican Lecture

Dr.  P. Dee Boersma, a conservation biologist and penguin expert presented a public lecture at the 13th bi-annual Pelican Lecture on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at The College of Wooster.  She spoke about her fascinating fieldwork with penguins at Punta Tombo, Argentina and the Galapagos Islands. Dr. Boersma is the Wadsworth Endowed Chair in Conservation Science at the University of Washington. She is interested in seabirds as indicators of environmental change and heads the Center for Penguins as Ocean Sentinels at the University of Washington. She has directed the Magellanic Penguin Project at Punta Tombo, Argentina, for 30 years and is a scientific fellow for the Wildlife Conservation Society.

The title of her talk was “Natural History and Long-Term Studies are Fundamental to Science.” The lecture was held in Gault Recital Hall of Scheide Music Center (525 E. University St.)

Here is a link to a TED talk she has given if you are interested in learning more about her work.