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Presentation Offers a Look at Amber

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Dr. Jorge Santiago-Blay, an instructor of biology at Penn State York and research associate at the National Museum of Natural History, will present research on amber and plant exudates on Tuesday, Feb. 18.
2/17/2014 —

Jorge Santiago-Blay, Ph.D., will share one of his areas of research on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at noon during his presentation, "Botany of Amber and Plant Exudates." His presentation, in the Lee R. Glatfelter Library, is free and open to the public.

Santiago-Blay is an instructor of biology at Penn State York and a research associate in the department of paleobiology at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, D.C.

In his research, Santiago-Blay notes that numerous plant families produce sticky materials that can be easily collected on the surface. These materials, which are usually organic, come in a small variety of basic types, including resins, gums, and kinos. According to his findings, apparently only resins become fossilized. Fossilized resin is known as amber. During this presentation, Santiago-Blay will discuss botanical, as well as some ethnobotanical and chemical aspects of amber and plant exudates.

In addition to hearing from Santiago-Blay, those who attend the talk can view some of his amber collection in the library's new display case.

This program is sponsored by the Lee R. Glatfelter Library.

Santiago-Blay earned a master of science in biology, with emphasis in zoology, from the University of Puerto Rico. In 1990, he completed a master of arts in botany and a Ph.D. in entomology at the University of California at Berkeley. He received both degrees at the ceremony.

In addition to enjoying teaching, with more than 28 years of teaching experience, he has pursued multiple research interests since 1998. He is the editor-in-chief of “Life: The Excitement of Biology“ (LEB), a peer-reviewed scientific journal he created, and is involved in other scientific venues. The publication is indexed by “Biological Abstracts” and by “Bioists.”

Those interested in contributing to the journal should visit “The Guidelines for Authors”. The website for LEB is blaypublishers.com. Learn more about subscribing to LEB.

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