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Academy Conversation

Academy Conversation

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Join our free informal discussion on the latest science news that affects our everyday lives.

Upcoming Events:

Academy Conversation: What Does the Destruction of the Amazon Rainforest Mean for Us?
Thursday, September 5, 2019, 5:30 p.m.

Fires in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil are threating this diverse and vital ecosystem, which supplies a substantial amount of oxygen for life on Earth. Join the conversation as Academy and Drexel University scientists reflect on the current crisis, discuss their research in the Amazon Basin and share how the fires may affect the many species of fish, birds, insects and plants that live there. Bring your questions and our experts will answer them.

Free with registration.


Mariangeles Arce, PhD, Interim Director, Center for Systematic Biology and Evolution and Collection Manager, Ichthyology, Academy of Natural Sciences


  • Sean O’Donnell, PhD, Interim Department Head of Biology and professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science, Drexel University
  • Jason D. Weckstein, PhD, Associate Curator, Ornithology, Academy of Natural Sciences andAssociate Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science, Drexel University
  • Dr. Mark Sabaj, Interim Curator, Ichthyology, Academy of Natural Sciences

Click here to read Academy Science Director Dr. Rick McCourt's op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer about the fires.

Past Events:

What happened at the latest United Nations Climate Change Conference?
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Academy Conversation: What happens if federal regulations protecting clean water are scaled back?
January 8, 2019