Mount Mercy professor explores endangered species during Global Issues Series

Mount Mercy University Professor of Biology Neil Bernstein, Ph.D., will present “Introduction to Endangered and Threatened Species: Why We Should Care, during a special Global Issues Series forum on October 20 at 3:30 p.m. in Flaherty Community Room, Basile Hall on the Mount Mercy University campus.

Bernstein will discuss what an endangered or threatened species is by contrasting state and national laws. In addition, Bernstein will explore some of the reasons for global species decline and why the international community should be concerned about the loss of biodiversity.

Bernstein’s long time interests include ornithology, conservation, environmental issues and animal behavior. He has studied Antarctic seabirds and, currently, box turtle ecology. He served as president of the Iowa Academy of Science (IAS) and editor of The Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science.

Bernstein's awards include the Distinguished Iowa Science Teaching award, the Jack-in-the Pulpit Award from Indian Creek Nature Center, a Sears-Roebuck Foundation Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership award, Mount Mercy’s Outstanding Service Award, and the Goellner Award for service to the Cedar Rapids Audubon Society. He also served as an officer on a variety of community boards, and has chaired the Iowa State Preserves Advisory Board. 

He is widely published, having recently presented six papers on his research at scientific meetings and published five papers in scientific journals. He organized a symposium that coordinated and synthesized knowledge of the impact of introduced and invasive species on natural areas in Iowa, in which he presented a paper on introduced and invasive fishes in Iowa. 

The Global Issues Series is sponsored by the International Studies program, an interdisciplinary academic program at Mount Mercy University. The series includes lectures by guest speakers, panel discussions and occasional films related to critical social, cultural, political, and environmental issues of global significance.

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