Curator of Montpellier’s zoo to discuss innovations in science centers – April 14

Luc Gomel from the University of Montpellier, France, will give a public talk titled “Insects and Biodiversity: A Panoramic View of Innovations in Science Centers” on Thursday, April 14 at 4 p.m. in 6201 Microbial Sciences Building. Gomel curates of the University of Montpellier’s collections and manages Montpellier’s zoo and its Amazonian greenhouse.

Luc Gomel began as an agronomy engineer specializing in pest ants control.  His interest in popular scientific education led him to create a public exhibition on ants that toured for 15 years and won several awards. After serving as the scientific advisor for the movie, “Microcosmos,” in 1995 he was hired as scientific designer and popular teaching advisor by Micropolis, the biggest European insectarium. In 1997 he became the curator of the Natural History Museum of Nimes, which he left in 2004 to become the curator of the University of Montpellier’s collections. Since 2010 he has also managed Montpellier’s zoo and its Amazonian greenhouse.

Gomel will also be the featured speaker at the life sciences communication department’s colloquium on Wednesday, April 13 at 12:05 p.m. in 137 Hiram Smith Hall.