Graduate Lunchtime Seminar Series highlighting Biodiversity Research and Teaching Collections set for Aug. 30

COLLEGE STATION — The Reynolds Gallery at the Texas A&M Memorial Student Center is hosting the first Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences Graduate Lunchtime Seminar Series on Aug. 30 from noon to 1 p.m. within the Reynolds Gallery, 275 Joe Routt Blvd., College Station.

alligator snapping turtle on CT scanner

Holden Currie, Wildlife and Fisheries class of 2015 and Heather Prestridge, curator of the Biodiversity and Research Teaching Collections, prepare to scan an alligator snapping turtle. (Photo courtesy of the BRTC.)

The seminar, Open Vertebrate, oVert: Improving Access to Natural History Collections through 3D Scanning, is free and open to the public. It will feature the gallery installation of visualizations of specimens from the Biodiversity Research and Teaching Collections, BRTC, the natural history collections at Texas A&M University. It will feature Heather L. Prestridge, curator at the BRTC, as the speaker. 

Data for these visualizations was captured as part of the National Science Foundation sponsored oVert: Open Vertebrate Exploration in 3D Thematic Collections Network. Texas A&M is one of 16 institutions involved in the multimillion-dollar project backed by the NSF. 

The project is represented at Texas A&M University by Kevin Conway, Ph.D., associate professor for the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences and curator of fishes for the BRTC, Prestridge and Sarah Potvin, associate professor for the Texas A&M University Libraries.

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