The 10th Richard H. and Glenda G. Rosenblatt Lectureship in Evolutionary Biology at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego will feature Harvard University’s Hopi Hoekstra. The event is scheduled for 3 p.m. on April 22, 2015, at the Robert Paine Scripps Forum for Science, Society, and the Environment (Scripps Seaside Forum) on the Scripps Oceanography campus (8610 Kennel Way, La Jolla, CA 92037). The event is free (seating is available on a limited basis) and the public is invited. Hoekstra, the Alexander Agassiz professor of zoology and curator of mammals in Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology, focuses on uncovering the genetic basis of morphological and behavioral traits that affect the fitness of individuals in the wild. Her Rosenblatt presentation, “Digging for genes that affect behavior,” will cover science’s understanding of which genes affect important behaviors and how they work in the brain, which remains a major challenge in biology. Hoekstra’s research capitalizes on natural variation in behavior within and between species of deer mice. During the lecture Hoekstra will focus on burrowing, an innate behavior, to explore the genetics and neurobiology of behavioral evolution and discuss how studying natural variation in mice can provide valuable insights on the genetics of human behavior.
More details at the Rosenblatt Lecture news release page.