Conservation Lectures

Little things that run the world

Wednesday, January 24 at 7:00 pm

The Children's Museum of The Upstate, 300 College Street, Greenville (Use side entrance off Academy Street)

Special Guest Speaker: Dr. Michael Caterino, Morse Chair of Arthropod Biodiversity and Director, Clemson University Arthropod Collection

Though generally more widely recognized for their roles as pests, carriers of disease, and just plain nuisances, insects play extremely important beneficial roles, too, as pollinators in agricultural systems, and as key players in natural ecosystems. In this lecture we’ll get to know some of these beneficial insects, from bees to butterflies to beetles, a little better, and discuss challenges and strategies for their conservation.

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About the Speaker

Dr. Michael Caterino has recently returned to the southeast. After having lived in Atlanta for many years, he headed west to the University of Mississippi (for his B.S. in Biology, 1992), and then to the University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D. in Entomology, 1998). Then, following a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Natural History Museum in London, he returned to California and spent 12 years as the curator of Entomology at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Four years ago he moved to Clemson, and he currently holds the John and Suzanne Morse Endowed Chair in Arthropod Biodiversity, in the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences. He teaches, directs the Clemson University Arthropod Collection, and conducts research on the biodiversity and evolution of beetles, in Appalachia, the wider southeast, and globally.

Saving South American Giants: Giant Armadillo and Giant Anteater

Monday, February 5, 7:00 PM

The Children's Museum of The Upstate, 300 College Street, Greenville (Use side entrance off Academy Street)

Special Guest Speaker: Dr. Arnaud Desbiez, Project Coordinator for Anteaters and Highways

Two formidable giants from another era still roam the lands of South America: the giant armadillo and the giant anteater. Come hear about them in this one hour talk. Very little was known about giant armadillos until the Giant Armadillo Conservation Program (GACP) started in 2010. Arnaud started working alone searching for the species with just a few camera traps in the Pantanal. Today the program spans three biomes and a team of six dedicated Brazilian biologists and veterinarians. They have made amazing discoveries and still have so much to learn. The team also works with giant anteaters and is currently searching for ways to prevent them from being killed on the numerous highways that now cross their habitat. Giant anteaters are the third most common road kill in Mato Grosso do Sul and the species could become locally extinct in some areas due to vehicle collisions. Come Join Arnaud as he explains his journey and to learn more about how you can help to save these two incredible giants. For more information on anteater work see

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About the Speaker:

Arnaud Desbiez was born in France, but spent his childhood in the US. He has a Ph.D in Biodiversity management. He has worked and lived in Belize, Argentina, Bolivia, Nepal and has now been based in Brazil for the past 15 years. He recently founded an NGO called ICAS in Brazil (Institute for the Conservation of Wild Animals) to provide administrative support to the two projects he coordinates: the Giant Armadillo Conservation Program and Anteaters and Highways. His work has been featured in National Geographic, BBC Nature and was recently featured in a 60 minute documentary on PBS. He lives in Campo Grande, Brazil with his wife, two kids and two Labradors.