The Virginia Living Museum’s Naturally Speaking Lecture Series returns for 2022 in a virtual and in-person fashion. Join us for our guest speaker at 6:30pm for a 30 minute talk. Following the lecture, we will allow time for questions and a wrap-up.
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May 19, 2022 | Sexy Seahorses, Family Trees, and Biodiversity
Speaker: Healy Hamilton, PhD
Presentation Summary: Dr. Healy Hamilton is a biodiversity scientist focused on management and conservation of at-risk species and ecosystems. She is also a world expert on the taxonomy and evolution of seahorses and their relatives. Join Dr. Hamilton as she discusses this amazing group of fishes, those found off Virginia’s shores, and how they are used as effective ambassadors for ocean conservation.
Speaker Bio: Dr. Healy Hamilton is Chief Scientist at NatureServe, a western hemisphere biodiversity information network focused on management and conservation of at-risk species and ecosystems. She is a biodiversity scientist with graduate degrees from Yale and the University of California, Berkeley, and extensive field experience in the tropical forests of Latin America. Her work at NatureServe focuses on the distribution, conservation status and trends of species and their habitats. She is also a world expert on the taxonomy and evolution of seahorses and their relatives. Dr. Hamilton is an elected Executive Committee member of the IUCN U.S. National Committee, an Honorary Fellow of the World Conservation Monitoring Centre, a contributor to the IUCN Species Survival Commission for Seahorses and Pipefish, and a member of the Key Biodiversity Areas Committee. She is the recent past President of the Society for Conservation GIS, a Switzer Foundation Environmental Leadership fellow, and a former U.S. Fulbright Scholar.