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World Renowned Zoologist Presents Science Lecture

October 11, 2007

SELINSGROVE, (Pa.) – Internationally known author and scientist Tim Flannery will present the 2007 Claritas Distinguished Lecture in the Sciences at Susquehanna University October 18. The lecture, titled “The Weather Makers” in recognition of Flannery's groundbreaking book by the same name, begins at 8 p.m. in Degenstein Center Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

“It is a distinct honor to have someone of Dr. Flannery's stature presenting the Claritas Distinguished Lecture in the Sciences,” said Terry Winegar, dean of the School of Natural and Social Sciences at Susquehanna University. “An acclaimed scientist, explorer and conservationist, Dr. Flannery is in a class of his own. He is sure to present a thought-provoking lecture that leaves a lasting impression on the audience.”

Flannery is one of Australia’s leading thinkers and writers. His New York Times bestseller, “The Weather Makers: How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth,” explores the connection between climate change, global warming and human activity. His belief that human activity is drastically altering the earth's climate guides his conviction to mobilize the social and political will to address the problem before it is too late. During public speaking engagements, he informs audiences about what is happening to the planet, and presents a game plan to halt current warming trends and begin reversing the damage that's been done.

In January, Flannery was named Australian of the Year. In 2005, he was honored as Australian Humanist of the Year. Formerly the director of the South Australian Museum, he serves as chairman of the South Australian Premier's Science Council and Sustainability Roundtable, director of the Australian Wildlife Conservancy and National Geographic Society's representative in Australia.

Flannery is also a leading member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, which reports independently to government on sustainability issues. He received a Centenary of Federation Medal for his service to science, and in 2002 he became the first environmentalist to deliver the Australia Day address to the nation.

As a field zoologist, Flannery has discovered and named more than 30 new species of mammals, including two tree-kangaroos. He was awarded the Edgeworth David Medal for Outstanding Research when he was 34 years old. Sir David Attenborough placed him in the league of the world's great explorers for his pioneering work in New Guinea, and the writer Redmond O'Hanlon proclaimed that Flannery “discovered more new species than Charles Darwin.”

His books include the definitive ecological histories of Australia and North America. He is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books and The Times Literary Supplement. He has been a familiar voice on ABC Radio, NPR and the BBC for more than a decade, and he is known to viewers of the Documentary Channel as writer-presenter on the series “The Future Eaters” (1998), “Wild Australia” (2003), “ Islands in the Sky” (1992) and “Bushfire” (1997). He was a principal consultant on the Special Broadcasting Service's series “The Colony” (2004) and is currently the Australian consultant-presenter for the international series “ATLAS.”

Flannery spent a year as professor of Australian studies at Harvard University, where he taught in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. Earlier this year, he accepted a teaching position at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.

 Contact: Victoria Kidd


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