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Burdick Lecturer to discuss ‘Sexy King Penguins’

Dr. F. Stephen Dobson, professor of biological sciences at Auburn University, Auburn, AL, will present the 19th annual H.O. Burdick Memorial Lecture in Biology at Alfred University, Monday, Sept. 24, at 8 p.m. in Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center.

Dobson’s discussion, “Sexy King Penguins? What We Know!”, will explore the mating habits of king penguins and how the different characteristics of the penguins affect their mating choices. His talk is open to the public free of charge.

Dobson is also director of research at the National Centre for Scientific Research, Centre for Functional and Evolutionary Ecology in Montpellier, France. He is a frequent author and lecturer on numerous biological topics and currently is editor for two scientific journals, Animal Behaviour and Ecology/Ecological Monographs

Opening remarks will be provided by Cheryld Emmons, professor of biology. Dobson will be introduced by Heather Zimbler-DeLorenzo, assistant professor of biology.

Dobson earned a bachelor of arts degree in biology from the University of California-Berkeley, a master of arts degree in biology from the University of California-Santa Barbara, and a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Michigan.

The Division of Biology in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences sponsors the annual Burdick Lecture. Support for the series comes through an endowed fund created by the family of H.O. Burdick, who was a biology professor and dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences during a 31-year career at Alfred University.