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Provost Lecture Series: Biology professor Johansen to present Feb. 6


CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – An Austin Peay State University biology professor will present the next session of the Provost Lecture Series this week at APSU.

Dr. Rebecca Blanton Johansen, associate professor of biology and principle investigator for the APSU Center of Excellence for Field Biology, will present at 3 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 6, in the Morgan University Center, Room 303. The title of her lecture is “A Tale of Two Crayfish: Describing Diversity in Tennessee.” She will discuss Tennessee’s crayfish diversity and the discovery of two new species endemic to Cumberland River systems of Tennessee.

All sessions of the Provost Lecture Series are free and open to the public.

Johansen received her Bachelors of Science degree and her Master of Science degree from Eastern Kentucky University. In 2007, she earned her Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Tulane University. Her research interests include fish systematics, phylogeography and population genetics.

Sessions of the Provost Lecture Series can be viewed live at Past lectures are available to view on iTunesU at Other sessions in the Provost Lecture Series also are planned for the academic year. All sessions are from 3-4:30 p.m. in the MUC, Room 303. To see a schedule of upcoming speakers, visit

The Provost Lecture Series seeks to foster a spirit of intellectual and scholarly inquiry among faculty, staff and students. The program will be used as a platform for APSU faculty members who are recent recipients of provost summer grants, who have been awarded faculty development leaves and who have engaged in recent scholarly inquiry during sabbatical leaves.

For more information about the Provost Lecture Series, contact the APSU Office of Academic Affairs at 931-221-7676 or at