Nature

2018 Oct 20

Exhibition: The Rockefeller Beetles

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Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

Over the span of 90 years, banker and philanthropist David Rockefeller collected beetles from around the world, eventually building a personal collection of more than 150,000 specimens. In 2017, his longstanding support for the entomology department of the Harvard University Museum of Comparative Zoology culminated in a gift to the museum of this extraordinary collection. Join the Harvard Museum of Natural History in celebrating this invaluable gift with a visit to The Rockefeller Beetles—a new exhibit that will feature hundreds of specimens from Rockefeller’s collection and recount the...

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2018 Oct 16

Nature vs. Fiction in Sci-Fi Movies

6:00pm

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Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

Miaki Ishii, Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University

Recent volcanic eruptions in Hawaii and Guatemala remind us of how devastating these geological eruptions can be. Popular culture depictions of volcanic disasters found in movies like Dante’s Peak and Volcano can strongly distort the public’s understanding of volcanic activity and its immediate effects. As with many science-fiction films, Hollywood depictions of natural phenomena don’t always align with the scientific facts. Seismologist Miaki...

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2018 Oct 15

Can Baby Corals Improve the Reefs of Tomorrow?

6:00pm

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Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

Aaron Hartmann, 2017–2018 Sarah and Daniel Hrdy Visiting Fellow in Conservation Biology, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

Coral reefs are one of Earth’s most biodiverse and imperiled ecosystems. Corals form the foundation of this ecosystem. Substantial effort is being invested to help adult corals survive environmental degradation, but less attention is paid to their offspring and how they establish themselves on the seafloor. Unlike adult corals, baby corals move about in the water column, perhaps allowing them to...

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2018 Sep 17

Saving Coral Reefs in the Florida Keys

6:00pm

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Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge MA

James W. Porter, Josiah Meigs Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia

Coral reefs support more than a quarter of all marine life, yet many are critically endangered. In the Florida Keys, the once common elk horn coral (Acropora palmata) has experienced steep declines since the 1970s. Preliminary blame was attributed to global warming and coral bleaching, but in fact, a human bacterial pathogen associated with a wide range of serious infections was the culprit. James Porter will discuss how Key West residents are saving these reefs...

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2018 Sep 04

From Seed to Tree Guided Tour

1:00pm to 1:45pm

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Bonsai and Penjing Pavilion, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston, MA 02130

Did you know that almost all of the plants in the Arboretum begin their lives in the Dana Greenhouses? Get a behind-the-scenes look of the greenhouse growing process, from seed to sprout to seedling to tree. Meet at the Bonsai and Penjing Collection above the Leventritt Shrub & Vine Garden. There is a 15 person maximum.

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2018 Sep 03

Weekday Guided Tours

Repeats every week on Monday, Thursday until Thu Sep 27 2018 .
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Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

Enjoy a free guided tour of the Arnold Arboretum landscape with a knowledgeable docent. Tours are appropriate for adults and last approximately 90 minutes. History, highlights of the landscape, seasonal interest and more!

 

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2018 Sep 29

Fall Birding

8:00am to 9:30am

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Arborway Gate, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

This autumn, experience the birds of the Arboretum with expert birder and Arboretum volunteer Bob Mayer. Catch a glimpse of migrating birds as they fly south and get acquainted with our resident birds as well.

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2018 Sep 29

Medicinal Plants at the Arnold Arboretum: An Exploration of the Wild and Cultivated Remedies Growing Beneath our Feet

1:00pm to 2:30pm

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Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

Many plants that we consider to be weeds have rich ethnobotanical histories of their own that tie us closer to our environment. Your guides will explain how these "weedy" plants came to colonize this area while touching on cultural contexts and botanical identification of these wild species—as well as the cultivated medicinal species in the Leventritt Shrub and Vine Garden. Guides: John de la Parra, Associate, Harvard University Herbaria; Ernest Anemone, Co-Guide;...

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2018 Sep 22

Flow Through

4:30pm to 6:45pm

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Hunnewell Building and Lawn, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

Maria Finkelmeier and the Kadence Ensemble will perform Flow Through, Finkelmeier’s 15 minute composition for large ensemble to be played in an outdoor setting. Featuring thirty performers (brass players, singers, and percussionists), the work is inspired by the fluidity and importance of water to living organisms. The musicians will mingle their...

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2018 Sep 17

Role of Clouds and Particles in Climate…with a Dash of Fog

6:30pm to 8:00pm

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Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

Particles in our atmosphere, whether from the natural environment or from human-built engines, affect climate in ways we don’t yet fully understand. MIT Professor Dan Cziczo will speak of particles and clouds in our atmosphere and how climate is influenced by them. The evening will begin outdoors at Fog x Hill, a Fujiko Nakaya fog exhibit at the Arboretum and then shift indoors for a lecture about clouds and climate. Arrive promptly at 6:30pm to view Fog x Hill, a timed-release landscape...

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2018 Sep 08

Learn to Observe: Tree Spotter Citizen Science

12:30pm to 3:30pm

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Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

If you enjoy learning about plants and their unique characteristics, you can contribute to science as a participant in our Tree Spotters program. This citizen science project opens a window into the Arboretum's phenology: the timing of natural events, such as the leafing out and flowering of trees in the spring and changing foliage colors in the...

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