Wildlife diversity biologist Sue Olcott will present the 2007 Maurice Brooks Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 16, in room 1021 of South Agricultural Sciences on West Virginia Universitys Evansdale Campus.Dragons and Damsels in the Mountain State: The West Virginia Odonata Atlasis free and open to the public.

Olcott, who works for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, will discuss the natural history, conservation and cultural significance of dragonflies and damselflies.

During her tenure with the DNR , Olcott has had the opportunity to work with what she describes asa satisfying diversity of taxa, from cave invertebrates and crayfish to songbirds and small mammals.

Each year tends to bring something different or a new twist to the job,she added.

Most recently, she has taken over the coordination of the WV Odonata (dragonfly and damselfly) Atlas.

This state-wide project involves coordination with cooperators and volunteers in catching, identifying and cataloguing adult odonates in West Virginia,Olcott explained.This work will expand the knowledge base of this group, helping to both conserve the insects and their aquatic habitats throughout West Virginia.

The lecture honors the late Maurice Brooks, a professor of wildlife management in the Davis Colleges Division of Forestry and Natural Resources who was described by peers as arenaissance naturalistof the Appalachian region.

The Maurice Brooks Lectureship Series was established through gifts to the WVU Foundation, a private, non-profit corporation that generates and provides support for the University.

For additional information, contact Christopher Stewart, 304-293-2941, ext. 2319.