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Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science Presents

Evolving Plant Populations and the Contingency of Genetic Effects - Ruth Shaw

1/24/20, 3:35 PM

About this event

Annual Science Studies Symposium:

Evolving Plant Populations and the Contingency of Genetic Effects

Ruth Shaw

Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota

Abstract: Darwin deemed the pace of evolution extremely slow, but evolutionary change on timescales amenable to direct study soon became apparent. This captured my interest and motivated my studies using field experiments to investigate evolutionary processes in the wild. I provide an overview of my research group's investigations of evolutionary processes and their consequences in wild plant populations. Our findings highlight the profound contingency of genetic effects on evolutionary fitness and the development of traits, underscoring previous powerful challenges to genetic determinism. Despite these challenges, the view that an individual's traits are encoded in their genomes continues to dominate academic and public perception. There remains an urgent need to confront this pernicious misunderstanding, especially given renewed investigation of the genetic basis of human behavioral traits.
 

This public lecture is free, no registration is required.
Contact: Janet McKernan mcps@umn.edu 612-625-6635
Event Location
  • 101 Tate Hall
  • Minneapolis MN
  • USA - United States