Matthew Pritchard on Gorges History: Landscapes and Geology of the Finger Lakes Region

Deep lakes, waterfalls, shale, salt deposits, drumlins, and gorges—the unique landscapes of the Finger Lakes captivate locals and tourists alike. In a Chats in the Stacks talk, Matthew Pritchard will discuss Gorges History: Landscapes and Geology of the Finger Lakes Region (Paleontological Research Institution, 2018) by the late Art Bloom, a professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EAS), who introduced generations of Cornellians and other inquisitive minds to our beautiful landscapes and the powerful forces that formed them. Pritchard, who is also a professor at EAS, will share some of the fascinating geological stories of the area and discuss the collaborative effort he led to complete the book after Bloom’s passing in 2017. This book talk is supported by the Mary A. Morrison Public Education Fund for Mann Library. Light refreshments will be served.

Bryan Danforth on The Solitary Bees: Biology, Evolution, Conservation

While we often associate bees with hives, the vast majority of bee species actually live solitary lives, explains Bryan Danforth, professor and chair of the Department of Entomology. In a Chats in the Stacks talk, Danforth will discuss The Solitary Bees: Biology, Evolution, Conservation (Princeton University Press, 2019), a book he wrote with Robert L. Minckley and John L. Neff. While giving an overview of the astounding diversity of the solitary bee species, the book weaves together scientific discoveries with descriptions of complex and fascinating bee behaviors. The Solitary Bees also highlights the plight of these crop pollinators threatened by habitat loss, pesticides, pathogens, parasites, invasive species, and climate change. This book talk is supported by the Mary A. Morrison Public Education Fund for Mann Library.