November 14, 2017
Shanahan Center, Auditorium
320 E. Foothill Blvd.
Claremont, CA 91711
Kaberi Kar Gupta is an interdisciplinary scientist and educator with a wide range of training and research experience in citizen science, community-based conservation, behavioral and habitat ecology, conservation biology, ecological leadership, political ecology and teaching in both the USA and India. Her main interests are in research and communicating science to bridge the gap between scientists, policy makers and community members. Gupta is an ecologist trained in wildlife biology from the Wildlife Institute of India and in anthropology from Arizona State University. She studied the slender loris (Loris tardigradus, a nocturnal primate distributed in southern India and Sri Lanka) in the wilder forests of the Kalakad-Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve for about a decade for her PhD thesis research. Kaberi continues this work through the Urban Slender Loris Project, a citizen-science based collaborative project among various academic institutions, environmental educators, nonprofit-organizations, city governments and the forest department of Karnataka, India, to develop a conservation program for the slender loris in urban Bangalore. The model of this project is based on community-based conservation that is done in urban areas. Earlier this year, Gupta joined the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences as a visiting research scientist and is leading The Chili Project as part of the Student Discover Program, an international project to survey the pollinators of chili plants.
Admission to this public lecture series is complimentary. Unless otherwise specified, events are held in the auditorium of the R. Michael Shanahan Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvey Mudd College located at 320 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. A dessert reception follows each lecture.