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The Academy of Natural Sciences Sturgeon Town Square, Live with Maiken Scott

February 15, 2024 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | The Academy of Natural Sciences

On February 15th, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University hosts an evening with research scientists Mariangeles Arce H., Dewayne Fox,  Eric J Hilton and  David Keller for a conversation hosted by WHYY’s Maiken Scott on the Atlantic Sturgeon, a fish that “epitomizes the global biodiversity crisis,” as well as other vulnerable fishes in the mid-Atlantic region.

In this conversation, Scott will speak with scientists about what makes Atlantic Sturgeon, and other local fishes including shad and iron colored shiners, so fascinating and important to study.

6–6:30 p.m. in Science Live
Sturgeon Demo (Mark Sabaj)

6:30–8 p.m. in Auditorium
Panel Discussion and Talk Back hosted by WHYY’s Maiken Scott, featuring
Mariangeles Arce, Dewayne Fox, Eric J. Hilton and David Keller


WHYY’s Maiken Scott, is the host and executive producer of The Pulse, WHYY’s weekly health and science radio show and podcast.


  • Mariangeles Arce H., PhD, is the executive director for the Center for Systematic Biology and Evolution at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. She is an ichthyologist and specializes in the taxonomy, morphology, systematics and evolution of catfishes.
  • Dewayne Fox, PhD, is a professor of fisheries at Delaware State University and is a broadly trained zoologist with an active research program focused on the conservation and management of fishes which includes two decades of directed work on Delaware River sturgeons.
  • Eric J. Hilton, PhD, is chair of the Section for Natural Resources at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, William & Mary College. Hilton is a broadly trained ichthyologist with active research programs on the anatomy, development, systematics and evolution of fossil and living fishes worldwide; as well as the ecology, conservation and management of diadromous and other migratory fishes in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.
  • David Keller, PhD, leads the Fisheries Section of the Patrick Center for Environmental Research at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University where his research focuses on conservation of migratory and at-risk fishes, impacts and management of invasive species, and understanding human impacts such as land use change, dams and emerging contaminants.

Event Details


February 15, 2024


6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Academy of Natural Sciences

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