February 13, 2018
Sullivan to Present at Letchworth State Park Humphrey Nature Center
Dr. Aaron Sullivan, associate professor of biology at Houghton College and chair for the department, will present on Sunday, February 18 at Letchworth State Park’s Humphrey Nature Center. The free event is part of the winter lecture series at the center, and will take place from 1:00-2:30 p.m.
The lecture, titled “The Scent of Death and a Woodland Salamander” will focus on how prey species respond to chemicals from predator species – represented in this case by salamanders and snakes, respectively. Anti-predator behaviors, Sullivan says, revolve around two truths. First, all animals are both predator and prey at some point in their lives, and second, that the traits that make an animal an excellent predator increase the danger of becoming prey.
Sullivan has been teaching at Houghton since 2004, covering both foundational and advanced courses in Houghton’s science department. He has also taught for the Science Honors program, which provides freshman students with real-world learning experiences and the opportunity to collaborate with faculty members on research projects.
For more information, visit https://parks.ny.gov/environment/nature-centers/19/details.aspx.