Press Releases

March 25, 2003
Freshwater Biodiversity in Crisis: Focus of McGrath Lecture at Southampton College

Dr.Melanie Stiassny of the American Museum of Natural History Shares Her Views in Public Talk

(631) 287 8313
Fax: (631) 283 4081

The John P. McGrath Seminar Series will feature Dr. Melanie Stiassny of the American Museum of Natural History with her talk entitled ?Freshwater Biodiversity in Crisis: Lessons from Around the Globe? on Thursday, March 27th at 6:30 p.m. in the College's Business Center Lecture Hall.

Stiassny is the Axelrod Research Curator and Curator-in-Charge of the Department of Ichthyology at the American Museum of Natural History. Her research interests are in the systematics and evolutionary biology of fishes, with a particular focus on freshwater conservation and the biodiversity of Old World tropical systems.

In addition to her position at the Museum, Stiassny is also an Adjunct Professor at both Columbia University and the City University of New York. She is a scientific advisor to various scientific and conservation organizations, including the World Wide Fund for Nature, Conservation International, the World Resources Institute, the MacArthur Foundation, and the International Foundation for Science. She also serves on the editorial board of the academic journal Conservation Biology.

The lecture is sponsored by the John P. McGrath Fund of Long Island University and the Marine Science Club of Southampton College. For further information on other lectures in the series call (631)287-8397.