Speaker: Theodore H. Fleming, Professor Emeritus of Biology, University of Miami
The average kilometer of tropical rainforest is teeming with life; it contains thousands of species of plants and animals. As Ted Fleming’s new book, “The Ornaments of Life” reveals, many of the most colorful and eye-catching rainforest inhabitants—toucans, monkeys, leaf-nosed bats, and hummingbirds to name a few—are an important component of the infrastructure that supports life in the forest. Join Ted as he illustrates the striking beauty of these “ornaments” of the rainforest through breathtaking slides. He will highlight the importance of these animals in the tropical ecosystem, shed light on how the relationship between these plants and animals evolved, and discuss the current conservation status of these essential species. There will be a book signing of his latest book, co-authored with W. John Kress, “The Ornaments of Life: Coevolution and Conservation in the Tropics” after the lecture.