Biologists who discovered new species of monkey to speak at Paul Smith’s

PAUL SMITHS – A biologist who discovered a new species of primate in the Congo will speak at the Paul Smith’s College Fisheries and Wildlife Seminar Series.

Terese and John Hart will give a talk Friday, titled “Discovery and protection of Okapi, Bonobo, and a new species of monkey in a central Congolese forest.”

“Their discovery is remarkable,” Professor Eric Simandle said. “It is rare to find a new animal species, rarer yet to find a new vertebrate species, and virtually unheard of to discover a new species of primate.”

Their talk will focus on conservation of the species including threats, and community-based conservation.

Two other Fisheries and Wildlife Seminar talks are scheduled this semester:

  • Nicholas Gotelli, Friday, April 5, “Specimen-based modeling, stopping rules and the extinction of the ivory-billed woodpecker.”
  • Kenneth Nussear, Friday, April 19, “Conservation of the Threatened Desert Tortoise: a Multidisciplinary Approach.”

The seminars, which are free and open to the public, take place from 10:10 to 11 a.m. in the Freer Auditorium.

For the past six years, Paul Smith’s College has hosted a different professional fisheries and wildlife biologist each month as part of the series, which is sponsored by the Fisheries and Wildlife Science program.