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Monthly Nature Program: Samford University’s Kristin Bakkegard

February 15, 2018, 6:30 pm8:30 pm

Guantánamo Bay. Photo: William John Gauthier (CC BY-SA 2.0)
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Join us for our February Monthly Nature Program (“A Great Place for Nature: the Naval Station at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba”) with Samford University Associate Professor Dr. Kristin Bakkegard.

Dr. Bakkegard has taught invertebrate and vertebrate zoology, general biology, and a variety of other subjects at Samford’s Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences since 2008. Her main research focus is on the behavior of the Red Hills salamander (Phaeognathus hubrichti), a threatened species nowhere beyond a six-county range in south Alabama, but she is also interested in the expanding distribution of the golden silk spider (Nephila clavipes) and salamanders infected with chiggers.

Along with her academic duties, Dr. Bakkegard is also a Captain in the U.S. Navy Reserve with twenty-nine years of uniformed service (active and reserve). She holds a PhD from Utah State University, where she studied the genetics of two salamanders responding to the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, as well as degrees from Auburn University (MS, Zoology), Boston University (MA, Chemistry), and the United States Naval Academy (BS).

Reception starts at 6:30 p.m., talk runs from 7–8:30 p.m., in the East Room at Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

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February 15, 2018
6:30 pm–8:30 pm
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Birmingham, AL 35223 United States
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