One of the world’s leading experts on snakes and herpetology will discuss “Pleistocene Rewilding: Lions in a Den of Daniels?” on Wednesday, April 4, at noon in Burke Auditorium as part of the F&ES Seminar Series.
Harry Greene, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Cornell University, will describe an initiative to restore species of large animals—mammals, birds and reptiles—that lived on Earth during the Pleistocene epoch with similar species, and the reaction it has garnered from conservation biologists and the public.
Greene keeps a collection of some 50 live snakes and is a curator of amphibians and reptiles in the Cornell Museum of Vertebrates, which has a collection of 35,000 specimens. More than 40 years of snake hunting have taken him to 18 countries on six continents. In his award-winning book, Snakes: The Evolution of Mystery in Nature, published by the University of California Press, Berkeley, Greene combines personal essays and natural history with more than 200 photographs.