Detailed Program

Friday, September 8

Reunion check-in at the MVZ reception desk beginning at 5:00 pm.


5:00 – 7:00 pm Welcome Reception

Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Gallery

3101 Valley Life Sciences Building

VLSB third floor map




Saturday, September 9

Reunion check-in at table between 2050 VLSB and the VLSB Courtyard beginning at 8:00 am.

VLSB second floor map



Symposium Schedule:

The symposium will be held in 2050 Valley Life Sciences Building (VLSB)

Learn more about our speakers.


Breakfast on own


8:00 am-8:30 am     Coffee and Tea – VLSB Courtyard

8:30 am-8:45 am       Michael Nachman, MVZ Director / Professor  (Student 1981)

8:45 am-9:15 am       Opening talk by David Hillis, Professor UT Austin

9:15 am-9:30 am       Rauri Bowie, MVZ Curator / Associate Professor UC Berkeley (Faculty 2007-present) 

9:30 am-9:45 am       Christopher Clark, Assistant Professor UC Riverside (GSI 2005-2009) 

9:45 am-10:00 am     Anna Hiller, Graduate Student LSU (Student 2014) 

10:00 am-10:30 am   Hanna Shohfi, Teacher Archer School for Girls (Student 2002)

10:30 am-11:00 am Coffee/tea break – VLSB Courtyard

11:00 am-11:30 am    Anand Varma, Freelance Photographer (Student 2006)

11:30 am-11:45 am    Sacha Vignieri, Senior Editor Science (Student 1992)

11:45 am-12:00 pm    David Ribble, Professor Trinity University (GSI 1990)

12:00 pm-12:30 pm    Greg McLaughlin, Senior Counsel IBM / Adjunct Professor Pace University Law School (Student 1998)

12:30 pm-2:00 pm Lunch on own

2:00 pm-2:30 pm    Sarah Allen, Senior Science Advisor, National Park Service (Student 1976)

2:30 pm-2:45 pm    Laura Cunningham, Executive Director Basin and Range Watch (Student 1986)

2:45 pm-3:00 pm    Claudia Luke, Director Center for Environmental Inquiry, Sonoma State University (Student 1980, GSI 1983-1986)

3:00 pm-3:30 pm    Hopi Hoekstra, Professor Harvard University (Student 1994)

3:30 pm-4:00 pm Coffee/tea break – VLSB Courtyard

4:00 pm-4:30 pm    Rachel Freiberg, Clinical Research Coordinator Stanford (Student 1993)

4:30 pm-4:45 pm   Tanya Anne Dewey, Director, Animal Diversity Web, and Research Scientist, Colorado State University (Student 1991)

4:45 pm-5:00 pm    Donald Miles, Professor Ohio University (Student 1977)

5:00 pm-5:30 pm    Closing Talk by Donald Miles on behalf of Ray Huey, Professor University of Washington (Student 1965)



Reunion Dinner

Dinner check-in at Alumni House beginning at 5:45 pm.


All registered dinner attendees will need to check-in when they arrive at Alumni House. Early dinner check-in will be available outside 2050 VLSB during the afternoon break 3:30-4:00 pm.


6:00 – 6:30 pm    Mingling and drinks 

6:30 pm                Buffet dinner (Italian theme) and dessert

8:00 pm               Speaker:  Harry Greene, Professor Emeritus Cornell University (Faculty 1979-1998)

  • “Natural History of the Vertebrates: My Last Lecture”



Sunday, September 10

Optional course style field trips will take place Sunday morning for registered participants. Car pooling, groups, and locations will be arranged closer to the event.


For additional details on field trips, please visit our Field Trip page.