Paleontologist and Science Communicator Richard Fortey to Speak on Campus

Richard Fortey is well known in the UK as a natural history television presenter and popular science author

Richard Fortey, a paleontologist and natural historian will give a talk “The Living Trilobite” at 4:10 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21 in Olmstead Hall 1212.

He will also deliver an informal reading from his book “Dry Store Room Number 1,” a book that celebrates the value of natural history collections, at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday Feb. 13 in Entomology 161.

The UCR community is invited to both events.

Fortey, a Fellow of the Royal Society, studies the evolution of arthropods with a particular interest in the long-extinct marine arthropods called trilobites. Trilobites were amongst the most successful of all early animals, roaming the oceans for over 250 million years before suffering a mass extinction. Due to their ancient demise, Fortey learns about trilobites from their fossilized remnants and his research has significantly furthered the understanding of invertebrate evolution.

Fortey is well known in the UK as a natural history television presenter and popular science author. In 2010, he travelled with Sir David Attenborough to the Atlas Mountains to find trilobite fossils for BBC Two’s First Life. In 1993, his book “The Hidden Landscape: Journey into the Geological Past” was named the Natural World Book of the Year.

The events are sponsored by the Department of Earth Sciences, the EDGE Institute, and the UCR Natural History Collections Club.

Sarah Nightingale 

TEDxUCR Call for Speakers

TEDxUCR seeks to highlight inspiring and interesting members of the UCR community through at the next TEDxUCR event taking place on June 1, 2018. We are looking to feature UCR students and faculty as well as Riverside community members in our upcoming event.

If you are interested in speaking, or would like to nominate a high profile external speaker to bring ideas worth spreading to the Riverside community, please contact Bri Cates at for more information by Feb 15.

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event.

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