Source: Brandon University
Science Seminar Series presents BU's Dr. Pamela Rutherford (Department of Zoology)
November 8, 2006
BRANDON, MB - On Tuesday, November 14 from 12:40 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., the Brandon University Science Seminar series will present a talk by Brandon University's Dr. Pamela Rutherford, (Department of Zoology), titled Skinks on a hot sand slope: habitat preference of the northern prairie skink (Eumeces septentrionalis). Dr. Rutherford's talk will take place in room 3-42 of the Brodie Sciences Building and is free of charge. All are welcome!
"The northern prairie skink (Eumeces septentrionalis) was listed as Endangered by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) in 2004," says Rutherford. "The primary conservation issue for this species is habitat loss, which is occurring at their primary location, the Carberry Sandhills, but there has been little research done to identify the habitat requirements of this species. This study examines summer habitat preference in the northern prairie skink. We collected data on the capture location of skinks (open vs. cover), and at the time of capture we recorded the temperature at the capture location, temperature in the open on the ground, air temperature, and vegetative cover. This research will help determine the distribution of the northern prairie skink and identify the attributes that may be limiting their range within Canada."
All presentations in the Brandon University Science Seminar Series are free of charge and open to all.
Visit Dr. Rutherford's home page at: http://www.brandonu.ca/Zoology/rutherford/PamelaRutherford.html
See a list of upcoming Science Seminar Series talks at: http://www.brandonu.ca/Academic/Science/lectures.html
For more information, please contact:
Kelly Stifora Communications Officer Brandon University Phone: (204) 727-9762 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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