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  • Maria Mitchell Association's Winter Science Speaker Series Presentation Featuring Julia Blyth

    Maria Mitchell Association’s Winter Science Speaker Series Presentation Featuring Julia Blyth
    Nantucket, MA –Each winter, former interns rejoin the Maria Mitchell Association to discuss their fascinating research and the projects they have been involved with since their time on Nantucket. Topics include astronomy, natural history collections, marine science research, and more. All presentations take place on alternating Wednesday evenings from 7-8:00PM and are free via Zoom.

    Next up on Wednesday, April 6th is Julia Blyth, the MMA’s Biological Collections Manager and a former MMA Natural Science Intern from 2010 and 2011. Her talk,“Exploring the Natural History Collections at the MMA” will discuss the importance and use of specimens, explore the history of the biological collections at the MMA, and dive into how some kinds of specimens are prepared. Participants will virtually tour the collections held at the Maria Mitchell Association’s Research Center by checking in on birds, insects, spiders, marine invertebrates, fishes, mammals, and plants., Blyth will also showcase some of the MMA’s most interesting specimens, the stories of how they came to the MMA, and how they are being used today and why they are relevant and important. Finally, Blyth will explain how to access the MMA’s specimen data online.

    Blyth has been working in museums since 2007, getting her start as a student curator at the Ohio Wesleyan University Zoology Museum as an undergraduate. In addition to maintaining the MMA’s biological collections, she currently files mosses and lichens for the New England Botanical Society in the Farlow Herbarium at Harvard University. She lives in western Massachusetts, where she also works for a permaculture firm promoting native and edible perennials. She grows a large garden, manages the local Tool Lending Library, chairs the Northfield Open Space Committee, and serves on the Franklin Regional Council of Governments.

    The Winter Science Speaker Series will conclude on Wednesday, April 20
    th with presenter Meg Lysaght Thacher, a NSF-REU Astronomy Intern in the summer of 1986.

    To register for the April 6th event, please follow the link below:

    View the full Winter Science Speaker Series schedule and watch the recordings from past talks on our website:

    The MMA’s Science Speaker Series is made possible by the sponsorship support of our Lead Sponsor, Bank of America and Supporting Sponsors: Cape Air, Cisco Brewers, The Osceola Foundation, Thirty Meter Telescope, and the White Elephant.

    This series is organized by the Maria Mitchell Association, a private non-profit organization. Founded in 1902, the MMA works to preserve the legacy of Nantucket native astronomer, naturalist, librarian, and educator, Maria Mitchell. The Maria Mitchell Association operates two observatories, a natural science museum, an aquarium, a research center, and preserves the historic birthplace of Maria Mitchell. A wide variety of science and history-related programming is offered throughout the year for people of all ages.



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