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TENN Herbarium Director Jessica Budke will speak on biodiversity collections Friday, September 30

biodiversity-budkeJessica M. Budke, assistant professor of ecology and¬†evolutionary biology and the TENN herbarium director, will present¬†“Biodiversity Collections: A Record of the Past; A Resource for the Future” at the next UT Science Forum Friday, September 30.

Modern-day natural history collections are not the dusty museum displays of your childhood memories. Biologists are using cutting-edge research techniques and analytical tools to leverage the data from billions of specimens to study global climate change, invasive species, and evolutionary relationships. Come learn how you too can join forces with citizen scientists around the world to document the plant and animal life on our planet.

The UT Science Forum takes place Friday, Sept. 30 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe (located at 1600 Phillip Fulmer Way), Rooms C-D.

Guests are encouraged to bring their lunch or purchase it from the arena. Each presentation is followed by a Q&A. The event is free and open to the public.

Additionally, this year, we have temporary parking passes available for our guests who do not have UT parking passes. An RSVP is required for the pass. Please email Amanda Womac for more details.