Sylvia Torti is an ecologist and fiction writer. She completed her PhD at the University of Utah, focusing on the unique and little understood phenomenon of tropical monodominance (natural monocultures) in Congo, Africa. Dr. Torti will be discussing her book “Cages”. --- Set in and around a research laboratory in which two scientists are experimenting on birds to discover the origins of memory and birdsong, CAGES is a complex interweaving of biological, philosophical and mystical themes. It is also a story of love, loss and memory as the two scientists vie for the heart of a young research assistant, yet like the birds whose songs they have muted, are unable to express their true feelings for her; and she in turn refuses to be "caged."