Lecture: UT Science Forum: Rediscovery of the Nearly Extinct Alabama Lampmussel in the Emory River

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Date(s): Friday, November 1

Time: 12:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Thompson-Boling Arena Café


Hear the McClung Museum’s Curator of Malacology & Natural History, Gerry Dinkins, speak about the nearly extinct Alabama lampmussels, which was recently rediscovered in the Emory River in Morgan County, Tennessee.

The Alabama lampmussel is “considered to be the rarest mussel in North America,” Dinkins said. In Alabama, they can be found in only one area, and their population is declining. None were known to remain in Tennessee until their discovery in the Emory River two years ago.

Dinkins will also talk about the McClung Museum’s mollusk collection, which features 240 species of freshwater mussels.

The Science Forum is a weekly brown bag lunch series that allows professors and area scientists to share their research with the general public through a conversational presentation.

The weekly presentations begin at noon on Fridays in Room C-D of Thompson-Boling Arena. Attendees can bring lunch or purchase it at the arena. Each presentation is forty minutes long and is followed by a question-and-answer session. The Science Forum presentations are free and open to the public.