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Tangled taxonomy next topic of APSU Provost Lecture Series

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – Clarifying a tangled taxonomy for a genus is the focus of the next Provost Lecture Series at Austin Peay State University.

Dr. Dan Frederick, professor of geology and geography, will present “The Foraminiferal Genus Lenticulina: Revising a tangled taxonomy” from 3:00pm-4:30pm, Thursday, November 3rd in the Morgan University Center, Room 307.

All presentations in the Provost Lecture Series are free and open to the public.

The genus Lenticulina (Lamarck) has a long a complex history with numerous name changes and definitions.  In addition, many often poorly defined species have been assigned to the genus. The result is a confusing mass of names and variations, complicating any attempt to understand the evolutionary history of the genus and the interplay between morphologic variation, abundance and evolution. 

Frederick’s research has several interrelated goals: to clarify the definition of the genus and the number of species within it, to discuss the degree of variation of both morphology and abundance in this long-ranging taxon and to examine the relationships between variation, species duration and environment in shaping the evolutionary history of the genus Lenticulina. 

Other sessions in the Provost Lecture Series also are planned for the academic year. All sessions are from 3:00pm-4:30pm in the MUC, Room 303 (unless noted otherwise) and include the following:

November 10th: Dr. Kathrine Flower, assistant professor of sociology
November 17th: Darren Michael, associate professor of theater and dance
December 1st: Dr. Tim Leszczak, assistant professor of health and human performance
January 12th: Dr. Ellen Smyth, instructor of mathematics
January 19th: Dr. Ann Silverberg, professor of music
January 26th: Dr. Marsha Lyle-Gonga, assistant professor of political science
February 2nd: Dr. Rebecca Johansen, assistant professor of biology
February 9th: Dr. Sergei Markov, associate professor of biology
February 16th: Cynthia Marsh, professor of art
February 23rd: Dr. Christine Mathenge, associate professor of geology
March 1st: Dr. Robert Shelton, associate professor of chemistry
March 15th, MUC 307: Dr. Allyn Smith, associate professor of physics
March 22nd: Dr. Sharon Mabry, professor of music
March 29th: Dr. Cameron Sutt, assistant professor of history
April 5th: Mark DeYoung, assistant professor of art
April 12th: Dr. Tim Winters, professor of English
April 19th, MUC 103: Dr. Jeffrey Wood, professor of music

The Provost Lecture Series seeks to foster a spirit of intellectual and scholarly inquiry among faculty, staff and students. The program will be used as a platform for APSU faculty members who are recent recipients of provost summer grants, who have been awarded faculty development leaves and who have engaged in recent scholarly inquiry during sabbatical leaves.

APSU faculty members with recent research of acclaim also will be given a platform within this series. In addition, other faculty members of local or widespread renown will be invited to lecture within this series.

For more information about the Provost Lecture Series, call Dr. Brian Johnson, assistant vice president of academic affairs at APSU, at 931.221.7992 or email him at johnsonb@apsu.edu.


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