Whit Gibbons, Professor Emeritus of ecology at the University of Georgia, will discuss "Discovering Hidden Biodiversity in the World Around Us: Adventures with Reptiles and Amphibians" as the Lytton Musselman Natural History Lecture speaker.

The webinar is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 8. RSVPs are due by April 5 at this link.

Gibbons is the author of 25 books on conservation and the environment, with a focus on reptiles and amphibians. He is former head of the Environmental Outreach and Education program at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory.

Gibbons has published more than 250 articles in scientific journals. He has had environmental commentaries on National Public Radio and written more than 1,000 articles published in magazines and newspapers, including a weekly environmental column (Ecoviews) initially distributed by the New York Times Regional Newspaper Group for more than 40 years.

Gibbons' encyclopedia articles have appeared in World Book, Compton's, and for 25 years were included the annual summary of Zoology for the Encyclopedia Britannica Year Book. Gibbons wrote the original edition of "Reptile and Amphibian Study," the merit badge booklet for the Boy Scouts of America.

The Lytton J. Musselman Natural History Lecture is a continuing series led by Lytton Musselman, the Mary Payne Hogan professor of botany at ODU. The series was launched with the help of a substantial gift from ODU alumni Michael and Sue Pitchford. A former student of Musselman's, Michael Pitchford is president and chief executive officer of Community Preservation and Development Corp. in Washington, D.C.

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