A. Watson Armour III Research Seminar Series

The A. Watson Armour III Research Seminar is The Field Museum's weekly academic seminar series. Talks are at noon on Wednesdays, and feature speakers from around the world presenting their research on topics related to the museum's research and conservation activities. Since 2005, nearly 300 speakers have presented talks in the series. Typically, the audience primarily consists of FMNH curators, collection managers, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students, although faculty and students from Chicago-area colleges and universities, museum docents, and other museum staff sometimes attend as well. For more information on the seminar series, to suggest a speaker, or if you are coming from outside of the museum and need access to the seminar room, contact Abigail Derby Lewis, John Terrell , Matt von Konrat, Ken Angielczyk, or Corrie Moreau.

Be sure to check this page regularly for additions and updates to the schedule.

Fall 2014

Sept. 3
Dr. Rhett Butler. www.mongabay.com. Why We Should Be Hopeful About Saving Rainforests. Lecture Hall II.
Sept. 10
No Seminar.
Sept. 17
Dr. Shan Huang. University of Chicago. Biodiversity Dynamics in Space and Time: Deciphering the Role of History. Zoology Classroom.
Sept. 24
Dr. Jessica Hellmann.University of Notre Dame. Two Kinds of Adaptation Under Climate Change: Evolving Species and Evolving Practices of Conservation. Lecture Hall II.
Oct. 1
Dr. Jun Kimura. Field Museum of Natural History. Martime Campaigns in East Asian History - Symboization in the Modern Period. Lecture Hall II.
Oct. 8
Dr. Phil DeVries. University of New Orleans. What Do Butterflies Tell Us About Tropical Diversity? Lecture Hall II.
Oct. 15
Dr. Ekaphan Kraichak. Field Museum of Natural History. TBA. Lecture Hall II.
Oct. 22
Dr. Lacy Knowles. University of Michigan. Species Divergence Shaped by the Intersects of Ecology and Climate Change. Lecture Hall II.
Oct. 29
Dr. Paige West.Columbia University. TBA. Lecture Hall II.
Nov. 5
Dr. Pier Luigi Nimis. Universitá degli Studi di Trieste. TBA. Lecture Hall II.
Nov. 12
Dr. Surya Snatta Rout. Field Museum of Natural History. TBA. Lecture Hall II.
Nov. 19
Dr. John VandenBrooks. Midwestern University. TBA. Lecture Hall II.
Nov. 26
No seminar.
Dec. 3
Dr. Felix Grewe. Field Museum of Natural History. TBA. Lecture Hall II.
Dec. 10
Dr. Juan Larrain. Field Museum of Natural History. TBA. Lecture Hall II.
Dec. 17
Dr. Liliana Davalos Stony Brook Univeristy. TBA. Lecture Hall II.

Other Recent Speakers

Winter/Spring 2014

  • Nikolas Papadimitriou
  • Susumu Tomiya
  • Renata Leite Pitman
  • Jack Gilbert
  • Matt Finer
  • Sora Kim
  • Jane Fajans
  • David Watts
  • Ramon Carreno
  • James Waters
  • Karen Sears
  • Stephanie Spehar
  • Noshir Contractor
  • William Sanders
  • Jon Marks
  • Brandon Matheny
  • Karen Samonds
  • Ana Carnaval
  • Michelle Lawing
  • Lars Söderström


Fall 2013

  • Nigel Pitman
  • Willeke Wendrich
  • Jason McLachlan
  • Hopi Hoekstra
  • Jill Leonard-Pingel
  • Richard Olmstead
  • Rebecca Seligman
  • Deborah Gordon
  • Estevam Cruz da Silva
  • Beckett Sterner
  • Brian Kraatz
  • James Coan
  • Fabian Michelangeli
  • Madhusudan Katti
  • Brian Switek