2017 Provost's Lecture Series
What Darwin Didn’t Know
Darwin Day is supported by the Department of Ecology and Evolution and the Living World Lecture Series of Science Open Nights.
Abstract: When Darwin articulated his grand theory of evolution by natural selection in 1859, he was still missing one crucial piece: while he recognized that offspring resembled their parents, he didn’t know how this information was transmitted from one generation to the next. In the last 150 years, not only has DNA been discovered as the carrier of genetic information, but we are increasingly able to link specific genes to the traits that they encode. Now, we can study how traits evolve – as Darwin did – but also find evidence for evolution at a once unimaginable level: in DNA, genes and genomes. This presentation will explore Hoekstra's work studying evolution in action – by combining experiments in both the lab and the field – linking genes to traits and ultimately to survival.
Friday, February 10, 7:30 pm, Earth and Space Sciences Lecture Theater 001