College of Arts and Sciences

Sigma Xi Research Symposium

2015 SJU Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium

The 2015 Keynote Speaker and Recipient of the Christopher Clavius, S.J. Award is Scott Weidensaul, Pulitzer-Prize nominated author and naturalist.

Date and Time: Keynote Address - 5:00 pm, Friday April 17, 2015

Presentation Title: "Caught in the SNOWstorm: The Story of a Huge Collaborative Research Project on the Snowy Owl"

   Location: Wolfington Teletorium, Mandeville Hall


Scott Weidensaul
Pulitzer Prize Nominated Author and Naturalist



The winter of 2013-14 saw the largest invasion of snowy owls into the eastern United States in perhaps a century -- and marked an unprecedented opportunity to learn more about these mysterious Arctic hunters. Author and researcher Scott Weidensaul will share the story of Project SNOWstorm -- how a huge, collaborative research effort focused on snowy owls came together in a few frantic weeks, funded with the help of people from around the world, and continues to make discoveries and unexpected insights into the life and ecology of this great white raptor.


SPEAKER INFORMATIONScott Weidensaul is the author of more than two dozen books on natural history, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist "Living on the Wind," about bird migration, "Return to Wild America," and "The First Frontier: The Forgotten History of Struggle, Savagery and Endurance in Early America." His newest book, "The Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean," will be published in autumn 2015.  Weidensaul is a contributing editor for Audubon and writes for a variety of other publications; he lives in the mountains of eastern Pennsylvania, where he studies the migration of owls and hummingbirds.