Event

Natural Sciences Guild Lecture | If You Knew Newts Like I Know Newts: Karen Goetz

Thursday, May 16, 2013, 12:30–1:30 pm

Conservation biologist Karen Goetz shares her expertise in amphibian ecology in this discussion on the seemingly common California newt (Taricha torosa). Often seen while hiking on trails in local regional parks, newts do not often inspire inquiries into their role in natural history. However, “common” animals such as these may in fact have critical habitat requirements that are sensitive to disruption. Goetz draws upon her research as a scholar of newt reproductive ecology to help answer the questions: What is a newt anyway? And what are typical stages in its life history? What makes them different from other salamanders? And what are the factors that may affect reproductive success of this sensitive species? Goetz received her MS in Conservation Biology at San Francisco State University with an emphasis in amphibian ecology. She has studied the natural history of habitats at the juncture of urban and preserved spaces in the Oakland and Berkeley hills and in Marin County. Presented by the OMCA Natural Sciences Guild. Included with Museum admission. For more information about OMCA Guilds, including how to join and a list of upcoming trips, visit museumca.org/travel-guilds