The Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Ave., will host Dr. Gregory Cunningham as he presents “Sleeping Beauty: Studying the Sense of Smell of King Penguins” at 7 p.m. April 20 in the Bausch Auditorium.
Cunningham, associate professor of biology at St. John Fisher College, spent 30 days living alongside more than 100,000 king penguins on the island of Kerguelen in the Indian Ocean. There he investigated whether adults and chicks were sensitive to food-related and social odors.
Cunningham has studied the sense of smell of birds for more than 15 years. His research has brought him to South Africa, Costa Rica and Mexico and three times to the sub-Antarctic. He was among the first researchers to demonstrate that a penguin has a functioning sense of smell. Cunningham also is interested in how odors can be used to alter the stress physiology of a bird.
The presentation is part of RMSC’s “Science on the Edge” lecture series, which provides insight and understanding about current research. For RMSC members, tickets cost $8 for adults and $5 for students. For the general public, tickets cost $10 for adults and $6 for students.
Registration is required. For more information, call 585-697-1942 or visit rmsc.org.