New York University will host David Kingsley, an evolutionary biologist at Stanford University, for “Fishing for the Secrets of Vertebrate Evolution,” its annual Darwin Lecture. Kingsley will focus on several key questions. How do new traits evolve in nature? Can we find particular genes and mutations that underlie dramatic differences in colors, or skeletal structures, or the nervous system in wild species? Are evolutionary mechanisms predictable, or are there many different ways of evolving new traits? For many years, the answers to such questions were largely unknown. However, recently, new methods have begun to reveal the genetic and developmental mechanisms that underlie evolutionary change in natural species.
Kingsley will describe the insights that have come from his pioneering genetic and genomic studies of very young fish species that adapted to many new environments around the world. He will also illustrate how the lessons learned from the fish system can also be applied to other organisms, including studies of modern human variation, and the search for key mutations contributing to the unique traits and capabilities that have evolved in the human lineage.
The talk will be introduced by NYU’s Dean for Science Michael Purugganan and NYU Biology Professor Matthew Rockman.
The lecture is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by the university’s Dean for Science, the Biology Department, and the Center for Genomics and Systems Biology. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, email email@example.com or call 212.998.8209.