Smithsonian Marine Biologist Nancy Knowlton Kicks Off The Science Series, Conserving Our Dynamic Planet

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For Immediate Release:
May 21, 2014
Contact: Courtney Lewis
816.701.3669
Smithsonian Marine Biologist Nancy Knowlton Kicks Off The Science Series, Conserving Our Dynamic Planet

Smithsonian marine biologist Nancy Knowlton discusses the weird and wondrous creatures that call the ocean home and explains why healthy oceans matter on Thursday, May 29, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

The event is the first in a new series - Conserving Our Dynamic Planet, featuring talks by scientists from the Smithsonian Institution - co-presented by the Kansas City Public Library and the Linda Hall Library.

The Linda Hall Library will host three events in the series. The Kansas City Public Library will host two, including the inaugural event. The series is the result of efforts by officials at both institutions to collaborate in an attempt to bring some of the world's foremost scientists to Kansas City for a series of free public talks.  

Knowlton, the Sant Chair for Marine Science at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and author of the bestselling book Citizens of the Sea, recounts from personal experience how ocean life is threatened by human activities, why everyone should care, and what is being done to turn back the tide of destruction.

Despite what sometimes seems to be a never-ending saga of doom and gloom in the news, Knowlton says people around the world are working together to make a difference, bringing benefits not only to ocean life but also to themselves.

Admission to Knowlton's talk is free. RSVP at  kclibrary.org or call 816.701.3407.

The Conserving Our Dynamic Planet series features five presentations by Smithsonian Institution scientists at the Kansas City Public Library's Plaza Branch and the Linda Hall Library.

The Library's partnership with the Smithsonian was suggested by Nancy Lee Kemper, wife of Library Board president Jonathan Kemper. In addition to his service to the Kansas City Public Library, Jonathan Kemper currently serves as a member of the Smithsonian National Board.

Other talks in the series include:

Saving North American Orchids
Presented by Dennis Whigham
Thursday, June 12, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.
Linda Hall Library, 5109 Cherry St.

Why Healthy Forests Matter
Presented by Stuart Davies
Thursday, August 28, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

The Panama Canal Watershed: Science, Commerce, and Sustainability
Presented by Jeff Hall
Thursday, September 18, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.
Linda Hall Library, 5109 Cherry St.

Explore the Unexplored
Presented by Carole Baldwin
Thursday, October 30, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.
Linda Hall Library, 5109 Cherry St.

 

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