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The King of Dinosaurs

Explorer Series

A lecture series showcasing acclaimed scientists, experts, authors and adventurers addressing topics relating to natural history, the natural sciences, human health and the environment.

5:30 pm – Enjoy complimentary light appetizers, a cash bar & live music. Explore the Museum’s special exhibitions, galleries and shop in the Museum Store. Meals are available for purchase at Exploration: A Zack Bruell Restaurant, located off the main lobby.

7 pm – Presentations begin in Murch Auditorium followed by a Q&A session. Select speakers will sign their books afterward.

Limited parking is available in the Museum lot for $6. Free parking and shuttle service are available from the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center garage.

The Explorer Series is generously sponsored by PNC Bank and the Women’s Committee of The Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

Series Schedule

You Are What You Eat: The Science of Reconstructing Diet
Dr. Nicole Burt, Postdoctoral Fellow Department of
Human Health & Evolutionary Medicine, Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Friday September 18, 7:00 pm |
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Uncorking the Past: Re-Discovering and Re-creating Ancient Fermented Beverages
Dr. Patrick McGovern, Scientific Director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Project for Cuisine, Fermented Beverages, and Health; Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania Museum in Philadelphia
Friday, October 2, 7:00 pm | Buy Tickets |
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A Surge of Giant Earthquakes Around the World - What We are Learning from Them
Dr. Thorne Lay, Professor, Department of Earth and Marine Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz
Friday, October 23, 7:00 pm | Buy Tickets | Buy 5-Pack Series

During the decade 2004-2014, 18 huge earthquakes with seismic magnitudes larger than 8.0 struck around the world, sometimes causing horrendous destruction and loss of life. The annual rate of such events was 2.5 times greater than had been experienced over the previous century of seismological observations. Geophysicists have analyzed the recorded waves and ground motions to determine details of each earthquake, advancing our understanding of these dangerous events and the need for improved mitigation efforts.
This IRIS/SSA Distinguished Lecture is sponsored by the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) and the National Science Foundation.

Dinosaurs from the End of the World: Discoveries from Patagonia and Antarctica
Dr. Rodolfo Coria, Universidad Nacional de Rio Negro, Museo Carmen Funes
Friday, November 13, 7:00 pm | Buy Tickets | Buy 5-Pack Series
Recent fieldwork carried out in both Patagonian and Antarctic outcrops have yielded an unexpected diversity of dinosaurs. Explorations of Early Cretaceous outcrops (140 million years old) in Patagonia have brought to light a tremendous diversity of new dinosaur species—so far the greatest number of that age recorded anywhere in the world. Similarly, Dr. Coria’s last expedition in Antarctica in January and February of 2015 recovered new dinosaur specimens that suggest that dinosaur diversity in these high latitudes was richer than previously thought.
This program is offered in conjunction with the special exhibition of The World’s Largest Dinosaurs and Dinofest 2015.

The Secrets inside Your Dog’s Mind
Dr. Brian Hare, Associate Professor, Evolutionary Anthropology, Director, Duke Canine Cognition Center, Duke University
Friday, December 11, 7:00 pm | Buy Tickets | Buy 5-Pack Series

Having learned more about dogs in the past decade than in the preceding century, never has there been a more exciting time for dog lovers. From the beginnings of the movement to understand animal intelligence to modern techniques like Dognition, man’s best friends have long given us the tools to reach new frontiers in understanding animal intelligence, the origins of our own species, and how we can find ways to enrich our lives and that of our best friends.
Book signing to follow the lecture.


Sailing into History: The Trials and Triumphs of the Blossom Expedition
Wendy Wasman, Museum Librarian & Archivist, Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Friday, January 22, 7:00 pm | Buy Tickets | Buy 5-Pack Series
In 1923, The Cleveland Museum of Natural History sent a small ship with a crew of scientists to the Cape Verde Islands and other remote areas in the South Atlantic to collect specimens. Thirty-one months and 20,000 dangerous and sometimes troubled miles later, the Blossom Expedition returned with 13,000 specimens and countless tales—captured in journals, letters and photographs from the Museum archives.
Presentation of Naturalist Certificates will precede this program.

Restoring America’s Streams and Rivers: A Promise or Reality?
Dr. Margaret Palmer, Professor and Director, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, University of Maryland
Friday, February 19, 7:00 pm | Buy Tickets

Streams and rivers provide drinking water, fisheries, recreational opportunities and many more societal benefits yet they are the most severely degraded of all ecosystem types on Earth. The science and practice of ecological restoration provides hope that they can be healed and the resources they provide recovered. What approaches are being taken to restore these systems? How do these approaches vary across urban, agricultural and mined landscapes, and are they resulting in the outcomes hoped for? What are the social, political and ecological dynamics at play?
Co-sponsored by the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes.

Cranes: Ambassadors for Biodiversity and Goodwill
Dr. George Archibald, Co-founder and Senior Conservationist, International Crane Foundation
Friday, March 11, 7:00 pm | Buy Tickets

Majestic and lovely, cranes have, since time untold, evoked the emotions and imaginations of humans. Unfortunately, the actions of mankind now threaten 11 of the Earth’s 15 species of cranes. Founded in 1973, and based in central Wisconsin, the International Crane Foundation has a worldwide program to help cranes and use the charism of cranes to conserve wetlands, grasslands, watershed and flyways and to promote goodwill among the nations that share these special birds.
William and Nancy Klamm Memorial Lecture.

Music Therapy and Medicine: A Dynamic Partnership
Dr. DeForia Lane, MT-BC, Director of Art & Music Therapy, University Hospitals Case Medical Center/Seidman Cancer Center
Friday, April 15, 7:00 pm | Buy Tickets

Explore the stunning benefits of music therapy in health care from the most fragile newborn in the neonatal intensive care unit to the adult in the operating room. Clinical applications and research outcomes will be shared from the multiple patient populations engaged in music therapy at University Hospitals including those with mood disorders, and medical/surgical, oncology, stroke and rehabilitation patients. Brief DVD examples of patients engaged in music therapy will be shared and attendees will be invited to engage in a hands-on experience.

A Deadly Diet: The Chemical Ecology of Tropical Poison Frogs
Dr. Ralph Saporito, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, John Carroll University
Friday, May 13, 7:00 pm | Buy Tickets
The use of poisons is widespread in the animal kingdom. Animals generally use poisons to defend themselves from predators and parasites. While most animals make their own poisons, some must acquire them from other organisms—often by eating them. Tiny and brilliantly colored tropical poison frogs fall into this category, and acquire their poisons by eating certain mites and ants. Their conspicuous coloration warns predators of their poisonous nature, a phenomenon known as aposematism. In this talk, Dr. Saporito will summarize his ongoing research into understanding their poisonous ecology and warning coloration, and share some of his lab’s most recent findings.
This program is offered in conjunction with the special exhibition Power of Poison.

Save with Series Packages

Pre-order tickets to all Explorer Series presentations for $110 or select 5 lectures for just $55. Either option saves you money and guarantees admission to the presentations you want to see. 

Individual Lecture
Museum Members: $10
General Admission: $12

5-Pack Lecture - Buy Now
Museum Members: $45
General Admission: $55

Student and teacher tickets are only $6 per lecture! Must show school ID or employee badge.

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The Explorer Series is underwritten by The Women’s Committee of The Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Since 1980, the Museum’s Women’s Committee has supported the Explorer Series and is pleased to fund the series again this year. The Women’s Committee began in 1940 and has contributed more than $1.75 million to Museum programs.

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