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CFI Event (Invasion of the Galapagos)

Invasion of the Galapagos Starts :Sunday, December 21st at 1:30 pm Location :University of Arizona Duval Auditorium, UMC. 1501 North Campbell Avenue. Free parking in Zone 1 of UA parking lot on Sundays. Invasion of the Galapagos: How the archipelago was originally colonized by nature but now is in danger of being devastated by invasive species introduced by humans. The talk will take the form of a travelogue showing the incredible flora, fauna and landscapes of the Galapagos to bring home a scientific understanding of how islands are colonized, why there are limits on the number of species, why reptiles tend to evolve into large forms but mammals to small ones, why there is only one terrestrial mammal in the entire Galapagos archipelago, why island animals tend to be fearless and other interesting facts. Chuck Lemme is a professional engineer who designs medical diagnostic equipment for Ventana Medical Systems. However, his avocation is evolutionary biology and he has traveled to the Galapagos twice on scientific expeditions to help in: Studies of Darwin’s travels through the islands To better understand the time frame of the natural invasion of species To study the founder effects of a recent introduction of an invasive species of wasps To document the changes in natural flora over the past 50 years using photographic techniques Social hour will follow question and answer session at 3:30 PM. Contact Jerry Karches at or 297- 9919 Donation $6+ Accepted. Students and Friends Free. FREE PARKING

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  • Andrew

    Great pictures, engaging speaker and mind blowing info. Even the kids were paying attention

    December 23, 2008

  • Andrew

    This was the best CFI lecture by far. Great pictures. The guy spoke English that anyone could understand. He spoke in lay mans terms. A+. There were even kids there who were paying attention and interacting. Wow, if he can keep kids awake, then that is amazing. Mr. Lemme was an excellent speaker.

    December 22, 2008

  • Don L.

    Professor Lemme did a great job telling about his two extended visits to the Galapagos Islands and shared his unique scientific adventures.

    December 21, 2008

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