Submitted by the Dalton Science Café
— The Dalton Science Café will begin its fall series with Michael Hoff from Dalton State College speaking about his work in primate research tonight from 7:30 to 8;30 at the Dalton Depot restaurant. The event is free.
Hoff received his doctorate at Emory University and has been teaching at Dalton State since 1981. In 1988, Zoo Atlanta opened new gorilla habitats and welcomed more than a dozen gorillas from Yerkes Primate Center on a breeding loan. To do his research, Hoff makes continual trips to the zoo to study the gorillas as they grow and develop. A total of 13 gorillas have been born since 1989.
In addition to infant development, Hoff has studied changing group membership, behavior in indoor and outdoor settings, adaptation to exhibit modifications, and the behavior of an all-male group. Collaborations with researchers and students at Dalton State College, the Georgia Institute of Technology and staff at Zoo Atlanta have created science-based animal management policies and practices that are used at the zoo today.
A science café is a part of a grassroots movement throughout the country to bring scientists and citizens together informally to discuss current topics in science and technology. The café is free and people of all ages are welcome. The café will be housed in the Dalton Depot restaurant for the remainder of the year. The next café will be Oct. 2 and will include a panel of scientists showcasing native wildlife. For questions or suggestions for future speakers, please contact Dawn Braswell at firstname.lastname@example.org.