Mahlburg Scholars Talks

Malhburg Scholars 2017-2018 Season

Mahlburg Scholars is a lecture series that brings some of the most interesting and brightest scientists to Burpee for a 1 hour lecture.  The lecture series is a long standing tradition of continual learning in the Burpee family.  Come join us, and learn.  Mahlburg Scholars lectures are now free to the public.


This season is dedicated to Rolf Thienemann

Rolf was a long-time Burpee supporter, Board of Trustee member and volunteer.  In honor of his many years of dedication to the museum, each of the lectures will be free to all public in his honor.  Please join Burpee in honoring his commitment, and thanking his family for his dedication to the museum.

Mahlburg 2017-2018 Season Lecture #2

Pioneer Woman in the Oil Industry

Date: Sunday, November 19th 2017

Time: 2:00 PM-  3:00 PM

Micropaleontology is the branch of paleontology that studies microfossils, or fossils that require the use of a microscope to see the organism, its morphology and its characteristics and details. Microfossils, particularly from deep-sea sediments,  provide some of the most important records of global environmental change on long, medium or short timescales.  

As one of the first women to do well-site micropaleontology analysis in the Gulf of Mexico, Nancy will share her experiences as a female pioneer in the oil and gas industry.  She has sat over 40 wells including off-shore Trinidad and Israel.  

In this talk, Nancy will share her work in areas such as: the development of chronostratigraphic frameworks & integrated geologic models for exploration and exploitation reservoir characterization studies including the identification of depositional systems and flow units, and micropaleontological sample analysis.


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Nancy L. Engelhardt-Moore                                                                                           

Nancy is a geoscientist and paleontologist current living in Houston, Texas.  She received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater and her M.S. in Geology with a specialization in Micropaleontology from Northern Illinois University.  In July 1980, she was hired by Amoco Production Co., in Houston, Texas where she began working as a micropaleontologist.  In November of 1980, Nancy was sent to sit her first well, which turned out to be the #1 494-S Brazos Block in the Gulf of Mexico offshore Texas.  With this historic assignment, Nancy became one of the first women to wellsite micropaleontology analysis in the Gulf of Mexico.  

Join us in welcoming Nancy home…Nancy is  a Harlem and RVC grad!

Season Lecture #1

Date: Sunday, October 8th 2017

Time: 2:00 PM-  3:00 PM

Bats represent one quarter of all mammal species on earth.  They are inextricably linked to the health of our environment and our agricultural systems.  Locally, bats are busily at work on mosquito control and crop pest reduction.

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This program will examine our local bats and the challenges they face.  We will take a quick tour of the world’s bats, and examine the attitudes people have towards bats in different cultures.  We will look at the risks and benefits to welcoming bats to your landscape and ways you can accommodate and encourage bats without conflict.

The program will include a demonstration of the bat detection microphone and recorder that Barbara is using to monitor bat populations her in Winnebago County.



Please call 815.965.3433 or visit for more information.

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About The Speaker

Barbara Williams                                                                                           

Barbara Williams has monitored the bat population by eavesdropping on their vocalizations starting in the spring of 2016 with the goal of collecting information on the relative abundance of different species of bats that live in Northern Illinois.  Barbara is a life-long student of natural history with ten years experience in Burpee Museum’s Biology Department.