Gather in the Culbertson Room on the first Wednesday of each month to enjoy a guest speaker and delicious food—luncheon/program for ages “60 and over”. RSVP required. Please bring a friend.

Date: Wednesday, March 4
Time: Noon
Cost: $15 at the door
RSVP: Sallie Smith by Friday, February 28

Connections to Each Other and All that Surrounds Us

Lesley de Souza, PhD is a conservation scientist at the Field Museum. Her expertise is in Amazonian fishes and her research focuses on ways to use scientific information for conservation action. She has named several new species to science and worked closely with indigenous communities to help protect the endangered arapaima.

Dr. Lesley de Souza’s fascination with the natural world began at an early age. Growing up in Alabama and Brazil gave her a deep appreciation for the wildlife and cultures of North and South America, and ultimately led her to a career as a conservation biologist. Her Undergraduate and doctoral studies at Auburn University focused on the molecular ecology of Neotropical fish and allowed her to describe several new species to science, but she was most profoundly affected by working closely in the field with the indigenous people of South America, including the Wapishana and Macushi communities of southern Guyana. These experiences led her to focus her research on projects with potential benefits for both fragile ecosystems and threatened human cultures. It is her mission to contribute to the preservation of wildlife and human lifelihoods and, more broadly, to inspire humans to rethink our place in the natural world.