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March 2004

Release Date: March 15, 2004

ASU Biology Lecture Series to Debut with Maxwell Talk on Owls March 23

Angelo State University's Biology Department is initiating a public lecture series that will begin Tuesday, March 23, with a talk by Dr. Terry C. Maxwell on "Insectivorous Owls of the Western Edwards Plateau."

Subtitled "Getting a Research Project Off the Ground," the lecture will examine a local community of insect-eating owls, a variety of birds that is poorly understood. Maxwell, ASU professor of biology and curator of birds for the Angelo State Natural History Collections, will discuss not only what is known about these owls but also how biologists go about studying them in their habitat.

Maxwell, who writes the "Naturally Texas" column on West Texas wildlife for the San Angelo Standard-Times, will speak at 7:30 p.m. March 23 in the Ford and Edith Boulware Lecture Hall (Room 100) of the Cavness Science Building at 2460 Dena Drive on the ASU campus.

The hour-long presentation will be both understandable and informative to those with or without a science or biology background and will include a variety of photographs made during the research. The lecture is open free to the general public with a special invitation to high school students interested in a possible career in biology.Maxwell has been on the ASU faculty since 1976 and is a recognized authority on Texas birds, especially the behavioral ecology of birds. He also has done extensive research on the natural history of Texas vertebrates. He holds a bachelor's degree in wildlife management and a Ph.D. in wildlife and fisheries science, both from Texas A&M University, as well as a master of science in biology from Angelo State University.

At ASU he teaches courses in natural history of the Concho Valley, biogeography, man and the environment, ornithology, human biology, zoology and vertebrate zoology. Maxwell is widely recognized for the "Naturally Texas" column he writes and illustrates for the Sunday Standard-Times.Dr. J. Kelly McCoy, who heads ASU's Biology Department, said the department is starting the lecture series to provide the general public with a view into the work of biology faculty and their contributions to understanding the natural world that surrounds us in the Concho Valley and West Texas. Lectures by ASU faculty are planned for future semesters.