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Eye on Evolution: Losos, Lizards, and Experiments in Evolutionary Science
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PMFree
Saint Louis Zoo Anheuser-Busch Theater, The Living World
1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO 63110
(Zoo North Entrance and North Parking Lot ONLY– Click Venue Below for Directions)
Free and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Reservations not required. Parking is free in the Zoo North lot or on the street in Forest Park.
Featured Speaker: Jonathan Losos, Ph.D., Director, The Living Earth Collaborative, and William H. Danforth Distinguished University Professor, Washington University in St. Louis; recipient, 2001 Academy of Science Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Innovation Award
Darwin said we could not observe evolution “until the hand of time has marked the long lapse of the ages,” and for more than a century, evolutionary biologists believed evolution happened very slowly. But evolutionary science breakthroughs in recent years reveal that when the environment changes and natural selection is strong, evolution can, in fact, proceed very rapidly. So rapidly, that not only can we watch it as it occurs, we can actually conduct experiments to investigate the evolutionary process. In this respect, small islands are like laboratory test tubes, providing the opportunity to alter conditions and watch evolution unfold. And that is exactly what Washington University biologist Jonathan Losos has spent his career doing—conducting experiments and watching lizards evolve on small islands in the Caribbean. You won’t want to miss this fascinating retrospective on research in evolutionary biology that sheds new light on how we evolve and what that means for us and our planet.
Eye on Evolution is a Science Seminar Series presentation of The Academy of Science – St. Louis and the Saint Louis Zoo.