Mammalogist Noé de la Sancha will discuss his research on rat species around the world, from the rare to the invasive, sharing his love of these underappreciated rodents.
Chicago has been given the dubious distinction of the “rattiest city in the United States.,” second to none! Dating back through the time of the bubonic plague, rats have been despised as vermin and vectors of disease. However, globally, rats are a diverse group of rodents, with over 60 species in the genus Rattus alone, 16 of those on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Rats have important roles to play in their ecosystems, and overreaction to their presence has wider ecological implications. Mammalogist Noé de la Sancha will discuss his research on rats around the world, from the rare to the invasive. Conducting field work in the Atlantic Forest of Paraguay, the cacao farms of Côte d’Ivoire, and right here in Chicago, de la Sancha studies these small mammals to answer big questions. He will share his infectious love of rats as vectors for thoughtful research so that you too might contract “rat fever,” or at least hate them a little bit less.
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