Inside Science: Zoology
Strange and Curious Smithsonian Jobs: Dove and Crowe—Their Work Is For the Birds

Smithsonian’s experts really do have some of the most curious specialties, which will be highlighted in an occasional “behind-the-scenes” series Strange and Curious Smithsonian Jobs. To kick things off, meet two scientists who study birds in unexpected ways.

Date
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Strange and Curious Smithsonian Jobs: Ear Wax and Glitter Poop

Go behind the scenes to hear from scientists who use samples from Smithsonian collections to trace the last 110 years of ocean contaminants and the life histories of baleen whales, and one who monitors the fluctuating hormone levels in some of your favorite zoo residents through a unique method. 

Date
Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend

The narwhal, with its unique spiral tusk, has inspired legend in Inuit society and fascinated people across cultures for centuries. During a day that includes a private tour of an exhibition at the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum, join experts from a variety of fields to dive deep into the lore and the natural history of these striking animals.

Date
Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Basic Instincts: The Wild Side of Wildlife

It’s easy to project human emotions onto animals. But have you ever considered if moose get drunk, penguins cheat on their mates, or worker ants get lazy? They do. Lucy Cooke, an Oxford zoologist and award-winning documentary filmmaker, uncovers the unexpected stories of strange animal habits from her travels around the world.

Date
Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.