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Darwin Day Lecture – The hybrid in your genome: How recent advances in behavior and genetics are changing our view of Darwinian evolution

February 12 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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With Karin Pfennig, Professor of Biology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
moderated by Johnny Randall, NCBG Director of Conservation

Date: Sunday, February 12, 2023
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET, followed by a reception, sponsored by The Carolina Biodiversity Collaborative, in the Pegg Exhibit Hall
Location: Hybrid – Reeves Auditorium and Zoom webinar
Fee: Free, preregistration required

Where do new species come from? Darwin proposed that the diversity of life could be explained when population divisions become magnified into new species over time. This “tree of life” thinking became our foundational metaphor for the natural world. Hybridization –– mating between species –– undercuts “tree thinking.” Until recently, this phenomenon was regarded as an evolutionary dead end and ignored. However, new data from diverse fields point to an inescapable conclusion: hybridization is common and can significantly impact living things (including our species!). So, we will celebrate Darwin’s birthday by asking whether Darwin’s tree still adequately represents life’s diversity or if a new metaphor is needed.

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February 12
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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North Carolina Botanical Garden
100 Old Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
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