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USD Biology Professor Presents Harrington Lecture on Bird Metabolism

David Swanson David Swanson, a biology professor for the University of South Dakota, will present "Metabolism Explains (Almost) Everything" at the 64th Annual Harrington Lecture on Oct. 18 in Farber Hall.

VERMILLION, S.D. -- University of South Dakota biology professor David Swanson, Ph.D., will present “Metabolism Explains (Almost) Everything” at the 64th Annual Harrington Lecture at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18, in Old Main's Farber Hall.

Swanson will review how birds use energy and the implications for their overall lifestyles. He will demonstrate how metabolic rates influence many aspects of the lives of birds and other animals. He also will showcase how the practice of science in general, and the study of metabolism in particular, can relate to liberal learning.

Swanson’s research at USD is based in the areas of ecological physiology, physiological adaptation in animals and ornithology. His specific research includes adaptation to cold and migration in birds, freezing tolerance and overwintering strategies in amphibians, and woodland and wetland habitat use by migrating and breeding birds in the Northern Prairie region.

Named in 1966 in honor of Elbert Harrington, professor of speech and dean of USD's College of Arts & Sciences (1945-1970), the lecture is an annual event featuring a distinguished professor with long-standing service to the College of Arts & Sciences.

A reception will be held immediately following the lecture.


USD's College of Arts & Sciences offers students a top-notch undergraduate liberal arts education in the humanities, social sciences and sciences as well as graduate programs that have earned USD distinction as a research university by the Carnegie Foundation. The college's more than 22,000 alumni include famous journalists, Hollywood screenwriters, novelists, a Nobel Prize winner, South Dakota governors, attorneys, physicians, justices of the state Supreme Court, distinguished university faculty and international humanitarians.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.