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Being An Academic in a Global Context

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A presentation to Phi Beta Delta at the University of Kansas, 22 March 2016

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Being An Academic in a Global Context

  1. 1. Being an Academic in a Global Context A. Townsend Peterson Biodiversity Institute University of Kansas
  2. 2. If the real world is small and flat, academia is even smaller and even flatter
  3. 3. students collaborations courses field expeditions
  4. 4. WHAT IS FASCINATING …
  5. 5. Otus bakkamoena, southern China 2004
  6. 6. Uragus sibiricus, northern China 2001
  7. 7. Ochthoeca cinnamomeiventris, central Peru 2008
  8. 8. MEXICAN BIODIVERSITY…
  9. 9. Mexican Bird Specimens
  10. 10. ATP Activities 1988-present
  11. 11. Well-sampled Recent Grid Squares
  12. 12. Species Gains
  13. 13. Species Losses
  14. 14. Overall Species Turnover
  15. 15. Significant Drivers of Turnover • Observed precipitation change – NO significant effect • Observed temperature change – YES – strong significant effects • Human impact on landscapes – NO significant effect • BUT – results are coarse in nature …
  16. 16. Misantla, Veracruz Valley of Mexico
  17. 17. Sandhill Crane Grus canadensis Present-day distribution
  18. 18. "Oldmexicocity" by Juan Gómez de Trasmonte, 1628 (d. 17th century) - Mexico Maxico. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Oldmexicocity.jpg#/media/File:Oldmexicocity.jpg
  19. 19. Misantla, Veracruz • 2012 thesis in the Facultad de Ciencias, UNAM • Site well known and well characterized from early ornithological collections…
  20. 20. Misantla 2001-2012
  21. 21. Misantla 1850-present "Battle of Veracruz" by Adolphe Jean-Baptiste Bayot - Originally published in The War Between the United States and Mexico, Illustrated, 1851. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Battle_of_Veracruz.jpg#/media/File:Battle_of_Veracruz.jpg
  22. 22. Observed Change … Summary
  23. 23. Publications per year on Mexican birds
  24. 24. Mexican Participation in Publications
  25. 25. The Real Secrets … • Learn the language • Understand and respect the culture and norms • Learn at least a bit of the history and background • Make genuine friendships • Collaborate just as you would with any ‘normal’ person … – Openly – Honestly • Perceive the differences and respond appropriately (e.g., access)

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