Workshops & Lectures

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Join us for this series of scientific seminars on current research at Carnegie Museum of Natural History! Hear Carnegie scientists and invited researchers discuss their latest findings on a wide variety of science topics. For more information about the Science Seminars, contact Lulu Hoeller at 412.622.3280 or


Upcoming Seminars

All seminars will be held at noon in the Carnegie Museum of Natural History Earth Theater. At the visitor desk, tell the attendant that you are here for the Moriarty Science Seminar Series. Admission to the seminar is free of charge. 

September 25, 2017

Michael Heckenberger, University of Florida

“Heritage forests of the southern Amazon: Resilience of anthropogenic landscapes from the medieval to current warming periods” 


October 30, 2017 

Rebecca Rundell, State University of New York-Environmental Science and Forestry  

“Islands of Diversity: Conservation and Evolution of the Land Snails of Belau (Republic of Palau, Oceania)” 


November 27, 2017  

Kenneth Anyomi, Powdermill Nature Reserve, Carnegie Museum of Natural History

“Regeneration Patterns Following an F1 Tornado and Salvage Logging, Insights into the Resilience of Mixed Hardwood Forests” 


December 11, 2017 

Loukas Barton, University of Pittsburgh



January 29, 2018 

Andy Turner, Clarion University

“Water Pollution and Infodisruption: Chemosensory Perception of Food and Predators by Aquatic Invertebrates Depends on Water Quality”


February 26, 2018 

Ryan Utz, Chatham University

“Comprehensively Quantifying the Ecological Impact of a Pervasive Invasive: Surprise, Alarm, and Indifference Inspired by Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)” 


March 26, 2018 

Nicole Heller, Carnegie Museum of Natural History

“Hello from the Anthropocene! Next Steps Toward a Multidisciplinary Center at the Museum”


April 30, 2018 

Matt Lamanna, Carnegie Museum of Natural History

“Awakening the Titans: Discovering Giant New Dinosaurs in the Southern Continents”


May 14, 2018 

Kristi Curry-Rogers, Macalester College



May 28, 2018 

Kristin Winchell, University of Massachusetts, Boston

“Novel Habitat Use and Adaptation in Urban Lizards” 

About Richard Moriarty

Dr. Richard Moriarty is a retired pediatrician and a former Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. For more than 40 years, Dr. Moriarty has been a vibrant member of Pittsburgh’s medical community. He has advanced knowledge in the fields of pediatrics and toxicology, contributing more than 20 journal articles with the fundamental goal of reducing childhood fatalities due to poisoning.

Moriarty founded the Pittsburgh Poison Center—nationally known for the development of the Mr. Yuk poison warning symbol—and the National Poison Center Network, organizations that both fostered the development of and supported existing poison centers nationally. He has been involved with a number of professional organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, Pennsylvania Chapter as the Chairperson of the Poison and Accident Prevention Committee, and Pittsburgh Toxicology Club. In addition to volunteering his talents for a significant number of civic, community, and governmental organizations, he has served as a reviewer for the Journal of Pediatrics and the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine.

Currently, Moriarty is President of the Carnegie Discoverers, a volunteer group that supports Carnegie Museum of Natural History in promoting its cultural, scientific, and educational missions and in developing new audiences for the institution.

The R. W. Moriarty Science Seminars program began in March 2010.

Past Seminars

April 24, 2017
Pearce Paul Creasman, University of Arizona
"Radar for the Lost Barque: Applying Scientific Techniques to Search for and Understand Ancient Egyptian Boats"

March 27, 2017
Adam Huttenlocker, University of Southern California

March 13, 2017
Abagael West, Carnegie Museum of Natural History
“Origin, Evolution, and Extinction of a Mammalian Order: Notoungulata”

 February 27, 2017
Shane Elipot, University of Miami
"The Agulhas Current"

February 13, 2017
John Wible, Carnegie Museum of Natural History
"Can You Dig It? Adaptations of Mammals to Life Underground"

December 12, 2016
Tim Pearce, Carnegie Museum of Natural History
"Why is the tiger snail, Anguispira alternata, declining in Pennsylvania?"

November 28, 2016
Ryan Mathur, Juniata College
"Applications of Transition Metal Isotope Geochemistry, from Archeology to Environmental Geology"

October 24, 2016
Tomás A. Carlo, Penn State University
"Ecology of Frugivory & Seed Dispersal: a Key Animal-Plant Interaction"

May 23, 2016
Amy C. Henrici, Collection Manager and Scientific Preparator, Section of Vertebrate Paleontology, Carnegie Museum of Natural History
"A diverse vertebrate fossil bone bed from the Halgaito Formation of SE Utah: insights into earliest Permian climate and vertebrate communities"

May 9, 2016
Jason Fridley, Associate Professor, Co-director, Graduate Program, Department of Biology, Syracuse University
"The Modern Invasive Species Problem: A World Darwin envisioned?"

April 25, 2016
James Fetzner, PhD, Assistant Curator, Section of Invertebrate Zoology, Carnegie Museum of Natural History; John Rawlins, PhD, Curator, Section of Invertebrate Zoology, Carnegie Museum of Natural History
"More Bugs in the Digital Net: Imaging Insects and Kin Using Imaging Resources at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History"

March 28, 2016
Brandon Ballengée, Artist and biologist
"Praeter Naturam: Beyond Nature"

February 22, 2016
Natalie Settles, Artist
"A Pilgrim in Art and Science"

January 25, 2016
Jesse Lasky, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Penn State
"Herbarium collections reveal impacts of climate and climate change on phenology and physiology of Arabidopsis"