A free public lecture by James H. Brown, Distinguished Professor of biology at the University of New Mexico and member of the National Academy of Sciences, will focus on the challenges and opportunities facing human societies as they grow and increasingly tap the world’s supply of energy and resources.  

The lecture, titled “Human Ecology,” is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 15 at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. The presentation is part of the George Miksch Sutton lecture series sponsored by the Department of Zoology and the Graduate Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

In the new science of metabolic ecology, Brown and colleagues explore how the universal laws of physics and chemistry have shaped the evolution of life on Earth. Of particular interest to Brown is the relative rarity and ecological dominance of animal societies. In “Human Ecology” Brown will discuss the growing body of work that suggests the behavior of Earth’s societies, from ants to humans, can better be understood through a metabolic lens.

The Sam Noble Museum is located on the University of Oklahoma campus. For more information about the museum, call 325-4712, or visit the museum’s Web page at www.snomnh.ou.edu.

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