Science on Tap Presents: “The Mysteries of Easter Island Caves.”

Thu, January 17, 2013
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Green Room


By Jut Wynne, Colorado Plateau Research Station and Department of Biology, NAU

Easter Island statues

Date and Time: Thursday, January 17th at 6:30 pm

Location: The Green Room

Jut Wynne will give a vivid, image-driven presentation on the recent discoveries and interpretations of over five years of research on “Te Pito o Te Henua” (or Navel of the World).  He will provide an overview of the natural history and ancient human settlement, as well as, discuss new species discoveries and archaeological findings from Easter Island caves.  The discovery of several new insect species suggest these animals may have retreated underground as the ancient Rapanui cleared the forest to make room for burgeoning villages, platforms with towering moai statues, and extensive fields of taro, breadfruit, sweet potatoes and sugar cane.

Jut Wynne is a Research Ecologist with the Colorado Plateau Research Station and a Ph.D. Candidate in Biological Sciences, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff. He has conducted speleological studies in Belize, northern Chile, Easter Island, Hawaii and throughout the American Southwest.  He is a fellow of both The Explorers Club and Royal Geographical Society, an elected member of Sigma Xi, and a Science Advisor for the Easter Island Foundation.