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Holiday Lectures on Science

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The Holiday Lectures on Science series brings current research into the science classroom, helping to bridge the gap between textbook curriculum and exciting new research developments.

The 2014 Holiday Lectures on Science
Biodiversity in the Age of Humans

Now available for on-demand streaming!

Lecture 1: Learning from Past Extinctions, by Anthony D. Barnosky PhD

Lecture 2: Humans, Biodiversity, and Habitat Loss, by Elizabeth A. Hadly PhD

Lecture 3: Rescuing Species, by Elizabeth A. Hadly PhD

Lecture 4: Extreme Life of the Sea, by Stephen R. Palumbi PhD

Lecture 5: Ocean Species Respond to Climate Change, by Stephen R. Palumbi PhD

Lecture 6: Dodging Extinction, by Anthony D. Barnosky PhD


Are we witnessing a sixth mass extinction? What factors threaten ecosystems on land and in the sea? What are researchers doing to try to conserve biodiversity and ecosystems such as tigers in Asia and coral reefs around the world? What tools do we have to avoid a global catastrophe? In six half-hour lectures, three leading scientists describe the state of biodiversity on our planet and how to face the great challenges that lie ahead.

Our lecturers are:

Anthony D. Barnosky, University of California, Berkeley (link to lab page)
Elizabeth A. Hadly, Stanford University (link to lab page)
Stephen R. Palumbi, Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University (link to lab page)

Watch last year’s Holiday Lectures


About the Holiday Lectures on Science

The Holiday Lectures on Science series brings current research into the science classroom, helping to bridge the gap between textbook curriculum and exciting new research developments.

Each autumn, leading scientists come to HHMI headquarters, where they speak to an audience of high school students from around the greater Washington, D.C., region. The annual event is an energetic celebration of science, with hands-on activities, lectures, discussion, and lively exchanges between students, teachers, and scientists. The live event is the foundation for a whole range of resources that are nationally distributed to teachers, reaching an audience of millions of students.

Over the more than 15-year history of the program, Holiday Lectures have covered evolution, earth science, virology, and biodiversity, among other topics. The lectures are broadcast live and also made freely available online at BioInteractive.org and on DVD, which can be ordered for free through HHMI’s Order Materials page.

To complement the Holiday Lectures and enhance their usefulness in the classroom, HHMI also produces a wide range of free science education materials, including classroom activities and lesson plans, interactive online modules, animations, apps, and virtual laboratories—all available at BioInteractive.org.