Opening on February 20, 2014 in the McKenna Gallery at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, a new exhibit entitled “DNA to Diversity” aims to educate the public about the emerging science of evolutionary developmental biology, commonly shortened to “evo devo”. Dan Medeiros, Ph.D., a researcher who focuses on evo devo here at the University of Colorado, explains “Evo Devo tries to understand a fundamental question – how does evolution create new things? How do this force of nature, shaping life on the planet, work at fundamental levels?”
Dan Mederios, Ph.D. and David Stock, Ph.D., two researchers from the University of Colorado’s Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department, are featured in this exhibit, joined by Scott Nichols, Ph.D., a researcher from the University of Denver. Their research is combined with museum specimens, photographs, video, and engaging graphics to provide visitors with a comprehensive understanding of this science.
This exhibit represents a collaborative effort between the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History and the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department and is funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation. After its stay at this museum, a traveling version of the exhibit will be available to institutions throughout Colorado. Dr. Mederios, who spearheaded the collaboration that lead to the exhibit, will be presenting the lecture “What Darwin Didn’t Know: The New Science of Evo Devo and the Origins of Animal Diversity” on February 20th, 2014. More information on this lecture can be found here.
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