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Chapter Event - Southwest

Dr. Jut Wynne - The Race to Save the Endemic Insects of Easter Island

About 800 years ago, Rapa Nui (Easter Island) underwent a massive ecological shift. The island was converted from a lush subtropical palm dominated woodland to a grassland. Timed with the arrival of the ancient Polynesians, a fragile environment and human pressures resulted island-wide extinctions of most plant and animal species. Dr. Jut Wynne has studied the relict fauna of Rapa Nui since 2008. He and colleagues discovered several endemic invertebrates - all new to science and now restricted to Rapa Nui caves. Join him as he discusses how these animals were able to eke out a living under-ground, the e¬fforts underway to protect the most vulnerable cave animals, and an over-view on his upcoming three-month expedition to study some of the most imperiled insect species on the planet.

Date: Thursday, May 19th

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: The Green Room, 15 N. Agassiz St., Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Member Ticket Price: Free

Guest Ticket Price: Free

Reservation Notes:

Reservations are not required for this event.

For more information, contact Joel Dugdale:

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