The Evolution Solution

Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution — Theodosius Dobzhanski

This year’s UCMP short course will include a series of case studies illustrating the importance of evolution in our understanding of biodiversity and behavior, as well as its relevance to our society, and will take place on:

Saturday, March 8, 2003
9:00 am–4:00 pm
2040 Valley Life Sciences Building
University of California, Berkeley

Topics will include:

  • Coping with evolutionary baggage as exemplified by marine mammals

  • Exploring the evolution of some intriguing, if not bizarre, behaviors in animals

  • Investigating the evolutionary strategies used by plants to cope with changing CO2 levels

  • Looking at bacterial resistance and HIV from an evolutionary perspective

  • Examining the origin of modern humans and the evolution of their behavioral advances


The speakers are:

  • Michael Botchan
    Professor and Division head of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UC Berkeley

  • Roy Caldwell
    Professor of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley

  • Richard Klein
    Professor of Anthropology, Stanford University

  • David R. Lindberg
    Professor of Integrative Biology and Director of UC Museum of Paleontology, UC Berkeley

  • Jennifer McElwain
    Paleobotanist, The Field Museum, Chicago

Registration is required. $20 for Friends of UCMP or CSTA members; $25 for all others. For more information and to register, see the short course website.

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