Published: March 25, 2022

2022 Spring Seminar Series Presents

Lizard photo

 

Dr. Jonathan Losos
Professor of Biology,
Director of the Living Earth Collaborative, Washington University in St. Louis
William H. Danforth Distinguished University Professor

WHEN:   April 1st, at Noon
WHERE:   Seminar will be presented via Zoom

Please email jacki.craig@ucdenver.edu to receive the Zoom Meeting Link. Requests can be submitted any time before the Seminar but not after 10:00am the day of the seminar.

 

Using Experiments in Nature to Study Evolution in Real Time: Research on Lizard Adaptation in the Bahamas

Biologists used to think that evolution proceeded at a glacial pace, so slow that change could only detected over the span of eons. We now know that this view is wrong. Quite the contrary, when environments change and natural selection pressures are strong, evolution can occur very quickly, rapidly enough to be detected over short periods. A corollary of this finding is that the experimental method, the gold standard of scientific research, can now be applied to test evolutionary hypotheses. In this talk, Jonathan Losos will document the evolution of a 30-year experimental evolution research program studying lizard adaptation to changing conditions in the Bahamas.

Everyone is welcome to join the seminar, please email jacki.craig@ucdenver.edu to receive the Zoom link. Requests can be submitted any time before the seminar but not after 10:00am the day of the seminar.