Evolution and Biodiversity

Biodiversity refers to the variety of life on Earth. It includes species diversity (i.e., the variety of different types of organisms), genetic diversity within each species, and ecosystem diversity. The Evolution and Biodiversity theme deals primarily with the evolutionary processes that generate and maintain (or limit) organismal and genetic diversity, patterns of species biodiversity in time and space, and the biology and evolutionary relationships within specific organismal groups.

Evolution and Biodiversity theme members conduct research on various aspects of biodiversity from both evolutionary and conservation-related perspectives. Current research on adaptation includes the evolution of flower shape in response to animal pollinators, the genetic basis of adaptation, and the evolution and maintenance of sociality and mating systems. Research on species and genetic diversity includes the systematics and conservation biology of a wide range of organisms (e.g., lichens, vascular plants, fish and other vertebrates) and the study of biological diversity as it relates to human well-being and sustainability.

Registering for the theme

Important Dates

March 20: Start of Summer term registration

March 30: Good Friday (University Closed)

April 1: Easter Sunday (University Closed)

Upcoming Seminars

General seminar: Dr. Virginia Trimble: “TBA” — Friday, March 23 at 3 p.m., 527 Buller.

General seminar: Dr. Paul Cremer: “TBA” — Friday, April 6 at 3 p.m., 527 Buller.