SAN ANGELO, TX - From Angelo State University:
"Angelo State University’s Department of Biology will host its annual Open House for the Angelo State Natural History Collections (ASNHC) on Tuesday, Nov. 7, in Room 100 of the Cavness Science Building, 2460 Dena Drive.
The Open House will begin at 7 p.m. and is open free to the public. Activities will include a presentation by Dr. Ben Skipper, assistant professor of biology, titled “Garrulous Grackles and Other Noisy Birds: Uncovering the Science of Birdsong,” followed by tours of the ASNHC. Light refreshments will also be provided.
An ASU faculty member since 2014, Skipper is also curator of the ASNHC’s Ornithology Collection. In that role, he oversees over 2,000 specimens of the birds of Texas, as well as specimens from Guyana, South America. He holds a Ph.D. in natural resources management from Texas Tech University.
The ASNHC contains more than 150,000 specimens of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and plants from the Concho Valley, other regions of Texas, many other states, Mexico, Africa, Asia, Australia and even the Galápagos Islands. The collections aid student and faculty research projects, are used as teaching tools, and have been viewed by thousands of K-12 students through special guided tours.
In 2012, ASU was awarded a $480,865 grant from the National Science Foundation to modernize and digitize the ASNHC and make all the specimens available to researchers and educators around the globe on worldwide online databases. The project was completed in July 2016."
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