E.O. Wilson presentation to commemorate opening of Auburn University Biodiversity Learning Center

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The College of Sciences and Mathematics will hold an event, “Celebrating Biodiversity With E.O. Wilson,” on Wednesday, April 10, at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center to commemorate the opening of the Biodiversity Learning Center. The event will include a presentation by world-renowned biologist and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner E.O. Wilson, who will share his thoughts on the current state and emerging trends of biodiversity.

“Celebrating Biodiversity With E.O. Wilson” begins at 6:30 p.m. and event seating may be reserved for $100 per person or tables of 10 for $1,000. A reception will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. to allow participants an opportunity to meet Wilson one-on-one. The reception and dinner is $250 per person; seats are limited. Sponsorship options are also available. Proceeds from the event will support the Auburn University Museum of Natural History, which will be located in the Biodiversity Learning Center.

Auburn’s Museum of Natural History includes hundreds of thousands of specimens representing the rich history of Alabama, the Southeast and beyond. For more than 25 years, the Museum of Natural History was located in Funchess Hall and the Physiology building on campus, and Auburn has maintained natural history collections for the purposes of teaching, research and outreach for more than 50 years. Included in the museum’s collections are the John D. Freeman Herbarium, a large collection of insects and more than 450,000 preserved fish specimens.

“In addition to incredibly extensive collections of Alabama plants, insects and fishes, we have a spectacular collection of Southeastern frogs, snakes and lizards,” said Jason Bond, director of the Museum of Natural History. “There is an ongoing loss of biodiversity. Natural history collections serve as a record of what is here, what we are losing and how the ranges of species are changing through time.

“Dr. E.O. Wilson is the quintessential biodiversity biologist that has been instrumental in making an argument for the connection between humans and the natural world, and how biodiversity impacts human health and quality of life,” Bond said.

A native of Birmingham, Wilson was the Joseph Pellegrino University Research Professor in Entomology for the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University and a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. He is a Humanist Laureate of the International Academy of Humanism and a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction.

For reservations or for more information, call (334) 844-7780 or go to the website at https://tpg.auburn.edu/ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=124&SINGLESTORE=true.

For sponsorship information, call (334) 844-8645. Sponsorship payments are tax deductible in excess of the value of attending the event.

To learn more about the Museum of Natural History, visit the website at www.aumnh.org.

(Written by Candis Birchfield.)

Contact: Candis Birchfield, College of Sciences and Mathematics, (334) 844-5734 or (334) 332-1995 (ceh0012@auburn.edu), or Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)