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Hawaiian Flora and Fauna Expert to Detail Findings

Contact: Patrick Verel
(212) 636-7790

David Burney, Ph.D., left Fordham for Hawaii in 2004 to become director of conservation at the National Tropical Garden. Now Burney, a former professor of biology at Rose Hill, will return to the University for a pair of lectures on Thursday, Dec. 2.

“Paleontology Reshapes the Future in the Hawaiian Archipelago,” which Burney will deliver at 11:30 a.m. at Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus and at 4:15 p.m. at the Rose Hill campus, will recount his exploration of a cave system on the island of Kaua’i.

In his Back to the Future in the Caves of Kaua’i: A Scientist’s Adventures in the Dark, (Yale University Press, 2010) Burney, an adjunct professor at the University of Hawai`i-Mānoa and the Université d'Antananarivo (Madagascar), chronicled thousands of years of cultures and creatures that were revealed in the caves.

This knowledge from the island’s distant past is now informing an ambitious program to restore rare plants beyond their current habitats and rebuild landscapes not seen in a millennium.

Burney will speak at room 816 at the Lowenstein Center at the Lincoln Center campus and the Flom Auditorium at the Walsh Family Library at the Rose Hill campus. For more information, call (212) 636-6310.

Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to approximately 14,700 students in its four undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a campus in Westchester, the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y., and the London Centre at Heythrop College in the United Kingdom.

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