All events are free and open to all. See the descriptions below for details about how to participate. Unless otherwise noted, programs will be held in person at the Carnegie Building at 9th and Vermont in Downtown Lawrence. Virtual presentations will be on Zoom.
Updates to the program schedule will be posted on our Facebook page .
Upcoming 2023 Presentations
May 22: Mating Systems in Birds | Ted Anderson
Ted Anderson earned a PhD in biology from Saint Louis University. His primary research interests have been on the community ecology and reproductive biology of the House Sparrow. He will speak about birds’ mating systems including monogamy, polygyny, polyandry, and promiscuity. The talk will describe each of these systems and the adaptiveness for the species that use them as well as some of the adaptations that characterize the species that use each system.
August 28: Insect Wings | Greg Zolnerowich
Greg Zolnerowich is professor of entomology at Kansas State who specializes in systematics and phylogenetics of parasitic Hymenoptera, systematics in support of biological control, and biodiversity of prairie insects. His presentation will discuss the evolutionary advances in insect wings as well as how insects use their wings for communication, thermoregulation, camouflage, and startle displays.
September 25: Box Turtles | Benjamin Reed
Benjamin Reed has a PhD at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Biology with an emphasis in physiological and behavioral ecology. Ben’s PhD research focused on terrestrial ectotherm ecology, with an emphasis on ornate box turtles, and he currently has research collaborations with UNL, Baker Wetlands through Baker University, Coe College in Iowa, the Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center, amongst others.
October 23: The Red-Tailed Hawk Project | Lucas DeCicco
The Red-tailed Hawk Project is a research collaboration focused on the movement ecology and evolution of Red-tailed Hawks in North America. By tracking individual hawks year-round, researchers are working to increase our understanding of this complicated and variable species. Lucas DeCicco, a phD candidate at the KU Biodiversity Institute, will share the current research and talk about his experiences tracking Red-tailed Hawks in winter on the Great Plains.
November 27: Birds of Thailand | Roger Boyd
Join us for another exciting travel program with Dr. Roger Boyd, professor emeritus at Baker University and former Director of the Baker Wetlands for 36 years. Roger has served on the JAS Board several times since 1976, currently is the field trip chair, and has presented to the group about his travels throughout the new world tropics, England, China, India, and several countries in Africa.