GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will host the “Of Ants and Elephants” portion of its “Science Sunday” lecture series this Sunday, April 6 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

University of Florida Zoology professor Todd Palmer has returned from east Africa to share with lecture-goers the details of his experience. In this lecture, participants will learn how the relationship between ants, acacia shrubs and African elephants is vital to maintaining a healthy environment.

Palmer is an ecologist with broad research interests, including species coexistence, the ecology and evolution of mutualisms, and the role of ecosystem engineers in structuring rangeland communities. Most of his work is conducted in East Africa, although he has also worked in alpine streams, meadows and prairies of the western U.S. Palmer is the author of numerous publications and conducts various research projects funded by the National Science Foundation.

Palmer’s presentation is the last installment of the once-a-month Science Sunday lecture series this spring. Lectures are geared toward adults and have covered a diverse array of topics.

For more information, please call (352) 846-2000 or visit

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Writer: Jessica Thurmond
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