We are delighted to have as our guest speaker, Dr. Sara Lewis from Tufts University, one of the world’s foremost firefly researchers. A recent paper with her as lead author in BioScience, “A global perspective on firefly extinction threats” was covered in the popular press. She will discuss those findings and other research.
Dr. Lewis heads the Lewis Lab of evolutionary ecology at Tufts University. Dr. Lewis is also the author of over 80 scientific papers, as well as the popular book: Silent Sparks: The Wondrous World of Fireflies; unveiling the science behind the spectacle.
Sara Lewis has spent the past thirty years chasing fireflies across the fields
of New England, among the mountains of Tennessee, and along the mangrove rivers of South East Asia. In addition to numerous scientific articles, Lewis has a TED Talk and has written popular articles on firefly conservation and evolution for Scientific American, Undark, CNN, The Guardian, and Natural History.
Fireflies are among the most charismatic of all beetles and surely among the greatest ambassadors for Earth’s natural magic. For centuries, their ethereal beauty has sparked wonder and inspired poets, artists, and children of all ages,and their bioluminescent courtship displays make them a popular sight.
Yet fireflies often remain shrouded in mystery: How did they evolve their light-producing talents? What’s the purpose behind all that flashing? Are fireflies really disappearing? Exploring the latest scientific discoveries, Lewis dives into their luminous lives to reveal stories of courtship and romance sprinkled with poison, murder, and deceit. Come explore their remarkably diverse lifestyles, hear how human activities such as habitat loss, light pollution, and pesticide use put fireflies at risk, and learn what you can do to help protect these charismatic insects.
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