Towson University professor Dr. John LaPolla has studied biodiversity his professional life, even discovering new species of ant. In his talk, you will learn why you don’t have to be a professional to explore biodiversity, and why it is important not to let if fall by the wayside.
Ants have fascinated John LaPolla since he was a boy, leading him to become a myrmecologist, a scientist who specializes on ants. His research focuses on the discovery and description of ant biodiversity both of the past and present. This has taken him around the globe in search of ants, but has also brought him face to face with the challenges the 21st century presents to biodiversity. He received his Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 2004, completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution, and has been a faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences at Towson University since 2006.His talk reflects just how important it is for our society to continue to produce "Biodiversity Explorers."
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx