At the next Draper Natural History Museum Lunchtime Expedition lecture, Assistant Curator Corey Anco explores the use of natural history collections to communicate science to the public. The free talk takes place Thursday, February 1, 12:15 p.m., in the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Coe Auditorium.
“Natural history museums are uniquely positioned to provide two critical public services,” Anco says. “First, they contribute scholarly research to advance the field of science. Second, they provide a venue in which to communicate this work to public audiences.”
Anco’s talk is talk titled Leopards and Wolves and Skulls, Oh My! In it, he connects examples from his prior work with African leopard skulls at the American Museum of Natural History to the Draper’s collection of gray wolf skulls. By reconstructing and analyzing genetic profiles from bone and tissue fragments, researchers can assess genetic variation within a species.
“This work highlights the utility of natural history museum collections in their capacity to advance our understanding of the natural world,” notes Anco, setting the stage to explore the Draper’s collection of gray wolf skulls from the Greater Yellowstone area.
Before joining the Draper Museum staff last summer, Anco worked in New York City as an urban ecologist with the Wildlife Conservation Society, where he mentored undergraduate and high school students. He has worked previously with the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, and the National Geographic Society.
Anco earned a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University in North Carolina, and a Master of Science from Fordham University in New York. It was during his time at Fordham that he studied the African leopards with the American Museum of Natural History and the Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics.
The Lunchtime Expedition lecture series is organized and hosted by the Draper Natural History Museum and supported in part by Sage Creek Ranch and the Nancy-Carroll Draper Foundation. Learn more about the Center’s natural science programs at centerofthewest.org/explore/greater-yellowstone-natural-history, or contact Bonnie Smith at [email protected] or 307-578-4020.
The next talk in the series takes place March 1. Find the Center’s full calendar of events at centerofthewest.org/calendar.
Since 1917, the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, has devoted itself to sharing the story of the authentic American West. The Center is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. For more information, visit centerofthewest.org or the Center’s Facebook page. #100YearsMore
Contact: Bonnie Smith at [email protected] or 307-578-4020.