Lizards: Nature's Living Art

Lizards 2015On Display July 9 – October 24, 2015

The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History, proudly announces its upcoming exhibition LIZARDS: Nature’s Living Art, on display from July 9 - October 24, 2015. This exhibition will open on Thursday, July 9, at 6 pm, with a free public lecture, Herpetology as Life: major influences and giving back, by Dr. Toby Hibbitts, Curator of Amphibians and Reptiles at the Biodiversity Research and Teaching Collections, Texas A&M University. Refreshments and gallery viewing will follow the lecture. Dr. Hibbitts will also be conducting a book signing of Texas Lizards: A Field Guide, co-authored with his brother, Troy Hibbitts.

Developed in cooperation with the Cushing Memorial Library and Archives and the Biodiversity Research and Teaching Collections, the exhibit offers perspectives on lizards, their habitat, behavior, conservation concerns, and fascinating information about the scientists who study them.

Visitors can see live lizards up close in living displays, lizard natural history specimens and models (including a life-sized 5.5 ft Komodo Dragon), representations of lizards in art from around the world, and examples of the types of scientific equipment associated with field and laboratory-based studies. It is also a unique opportunity to view extraordinary lizard illustrations from a variety of rare natural history works.

The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History is committed to promoting science, and cultural and natural history with the integration of art in exhibits and educational programs. This exhibit was made possible in part through Hotel Tax Revenue funded from the City of College Station through the Arts Council of Brazos Valley.

Lecture

Dr. Toby Hibbits

Herpetology as Life: major influences and giving back
Thursday, July 9, 2015, at 6:00 pm
Dr. Toby Hibbitts, Curator of Amphibians and Reptiles at the
Biodiversity Research and Teaching Collections, Texas A&M University

In his lecture, Dr. Hibbitts will discuss how he came to study reptiles and amphibians as well as the importance of conservation in the field. He will also feature information about lizards, and touch on the life and work of Dr. James R. Dixon, an important contributor in the field, and former professor and curator of herpetology at Texas A&M University for over 40 years.

Dr. Hibbitts, Curator of Amphibians and Reptiles, is also a Research Scientist for the Institute of Renewable Natural Resources at Texas A&M. He received his BS from Midwestern State University (1994), his MS from Texas A&M University (2000), and PhD from the University of the Witwatersrand (2006). He was raised in a family of herpetologists and has always had a love for herpetology. He has traveled widely, studying amphibians and reptiles, but returned to Texas for his first full time position. His research focuses mainly on conservation of species of special concern in Texas, which currently include: the Crawfish Frog, Reticulate Collared Lizard, Dunes Sagebrush Lizard, Spot-tailed Earless Lizard Louisiana Pine Snake.