IoE Distinguished Visiting Lecturer - Dr. Kirk Johnson - "Natural History in the Age of Humans"
- Thursday, April 19, 2018 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
- Cheever Hall, 215 - view map
Dr. Kirk Johnson will give a talk titled "Natural History in the Age of Humans" as part of the IoE's Distinguished Visiting Lecturer Series. The talk will be on Thursday, April 19 at 7pm in 215 Cheever Hall. The talk is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served beforehand.
Dr. Johnson is the Sant Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. He oversees more than 440 employees and a collection of more than 145 million objects—the largest natural history collection in the world. The Museum hosts more than 7 million visitors annually and, in 2017, its scientists published over 760 scientific research papers and described more than 300 new species.
Johnson is a paleontologist who has led expeditions that have resulted in the discovery of more than 1,400 fossil sites. His research focuses on fossil plants and the extinction of the dinosaurs. He is known for his scientific articles, popular books, museum exhibitions, documentaries, and collaborations with artists. In 2010-11, he led the excavation of an ice age site near Snowmass Village, Colorado, that recovered more than 5,400 bones of mammoths, mastodons and other ice age animals. This dig was featured in the NOVA documentary, Ice Age Death Trap, and in Johnson’s book, Digging Snowmastodon, Discovering an Ice Age World in the Colorado Rockies. His recent documentaries include the three-part NOVA series Making North America, which aired on PBS networks in November 2015, and The Great Yellowstone Thaw which premiered on PBS in June 2017.