Lecture to examine nature television – The Old vs. The New

Friday, February 19, 2016 Chris Murray
by: Rene Abadie

Southeastern Louisiana University biologist Chris Murray holds one of the crocodiles he captured while doing his summer research in Costa Rica. Muray has appeared in several “Animal Planet” television series, will discuss the importance of nature television, both the good and the bad.

     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University biologist Chris Murray will discuss how the public is being introduced today to scientific topics, especially by way of television broadcasts, at the next Southeastern Science on Tap presentation.
     A crocodilian biologist in the Department of Biological Sciences, Murray will discuss the importance of nature television at the department’s monthly program on Tuesday, March 1. Scheduled for 7 p.m. at Tope Lá Catering, 113 East Thomas St. in Hammond, the lecture is free and open to all ages.
     Murray has starred in the “Animal Planet” TV series “Gatorboys,” as well as in the channel’s documentary “Monster Croc Invasion” that focuses on his ongoing research in Costa Rica.
     Title of the lecture is “How the Crop Ate the Farmer: Filming Controversial Topics as a Biologist.”
     “After a brief discussion on the importance of nature television, we will venture back in time and review our favorites, from David Attenborough to Steve Irwin and contrast the difference in today’s ‘natural’ broadcasts,” Murray said. “We’ll discuss the problems associated with scientists describing their own findings on today’s television venues, peppered with personal filming stories.”
     For information on future Science on Tap presentations, contact the Department of Biological Sciences at 985-549-3740.

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