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KNOXVILLE — David Buehler, professor of wildlife science in the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, will speak at this week’s UT Science Forum lecture on two species of migrant songbirds with declining populations.

His talk “Tennessee’s Warblers, Jewels of the Forest – Why They Are Vanishing” will begin at noon on Friday, Oct. 15, in Thompson-Boling Arena Dining Room C-D. The program is free and open to the public; attendees are welcome to bring their lunches or purchase lunch at the Café at the Arena.

The UT Science Forum is a weekly event where academic, medical and research professionals share their knowledge and unique insights in their fields. Different science topics will be discussed with a question-and-answer session at the end of each 40-minute presentation.

The cerulean warbler and the golden-winged warbler are two species that breed in North America during summers and winter in Central and South America. “The Cumberland Mountains of eastern Tennessee are one of the key range wide centers of abundance for both of these species,” said Buehler.

He will discuss management strategies to stop the declines and support these songbird populations.

The UT Science Forum is sponsored by the UT Office of Research. Upcoming presentations include:

  • Oct. 22: Yilu Liu, Governor’s Chair and professor of electrical and computer engineering, presents “Monitoring of Smart Electrical Grids.”
  • Oct. 29: Randall W. Gentry, director of the Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment and associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, presents “Water Resources and Sustainability Science.”
  • Nov. 5: John Bell, medical doctor and director of the Cancer Institute at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, presents “Epidemiology of Women’s Cancer.”
  • Nov 12: Andy Kramer, professor and head of anthropology, presents “Teaching the ‘E’ Word in Tennessee: Student Misconceptions about Evolution.”
  • Nov 19: Jill Narak, assistant professor of neurology and neurosurgery in the College of Veterinary Medicine, presents “Neurologic Exams on Dogs and Cats — Patients Who Can’t Talk.”

For questions about the UT Science Forum, contact Mark Littmann, or 974-8156, or Mike Clark, or 974-6006.

C O N T A C T :

Whitney Holmes (865-974-5460,