Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International Present Illustrated Lecture


SCRANTON, PA-September 8, 2008

The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund will present The Mountain Gorilla in 3 Dimensions at Marywood University on September 10, 2008, at 6 p.m. in the Latour Conference Room, Nazareth Hall. The lecture will include Dr. H. Dieter Steklis and Netzin Steklis, affiliate scientists from the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International.

The lecture will explore the connection and scientific discoveries about gorillas' biological and social behavior. In addition, the lecturers will explain their personal experiences in the field, including interactions with individual gorilla personalities. There will be a reception for the artist, Bob Ziering, immediately following the illustrated lecture, which is being held in conjunction with The Twilight of the Gorilla: Bob Ziering art exhibit.

Dr. H. Dieter Steklis has spent over 30 years engaged in laboratory and field research on the behavioral biology of monkeys and apes. In the mid-1980s, Dr. Steklis began study of the behavioral ecology and conservation of African apes in the wild, including the free-ranging chimpanzees in eastern Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo). In addition, he studied the endangered mountain gorilla of the Virunga volcanoes region of central East Africa. Currently, Dr. Steklis serves as Professor and Program Coordinator of Psychology at the University of Arizona South. Prior to his new position, Dr. Steklis served as Professor Emeritus of Primatology at Rutgers University (1974-2004) and Chairman to the Department of Anthropology (1983-1991). Steklis received his Ph.D. in Primatology from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1976.

Netzin Steklis served for more than 10 years as the Director of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International's Scientific Information Resources. Ms. Steklis' research experience on wild monkeys and apes in Central America and Africa include field observations of howler monkey calls in Costa Rica. She also studied the vocalizations and behavior of mountain gorillas at the Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda. Ms. Steklis holds a double B.A. in Anthropology and Biology from the University of Chicago and an M.A. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University.

Both Dr. Dieter and Netzin Steklis understand the connections between biology, behavior, ecology and their research of the mountain gorilla. Their collaborative work has been featured in national and international magazines, radio programs and television broadcasts, including National Geographic. They have lectured to various audiences across the country. In recognition of their conservation work, Dr. and Ms. Steklis received the Explorers Club Champions of Wildlife Award in 2002.

For further information or directions, contact the Marywood University Art Department at (570) 348-6278, or www.marywood.edu/galleries.