Darwin Day speaker talks about case study on horned beetles

February 12, 2010

Armin Moczek, an associate professor of biology from Indiana University, will talk at Indiana State University about how traits originate or diversify in evolution Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Moczek's talk will feature a case study on horned beetles in the genus Onthophagus.

In studying this interaction, his approach ranges from molecular developmental biology and genomics to quantitative genetics, comparative endocrinology, and behavioral ecology. His main research interest focuses on ecological, developmental, and genetic mechanisms, as well as the interactions between them that drive evolutionary innovation and diversification.

Moczek has won many awards in his career including the IU Trustees Teaching award, American Society of Naturalists Young Investigator Prize and the National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Excellence in Research and Teaching Fellow.

The talk will be held at 4 p.m. at ISU and cookies will be served at 3:30 p.m.

The series is sponsored by First Year Programs, the College of Graduate and Professional Studies, Office of Diversity, Center for Public Service and Community Engagement, the Honors Program, the Lilly Endowment and St. Mary's-of-the-Woods College.

For more information, visit http://www.indstate.edu/darwin/darwinday2.htm or call 812-237-2501

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Contact: Rusty Gonser, Indiana State University, assistant professor, at 812- 237-2395 or rgonser@isugw.indstate.edu

Writer: Kendra Thomas, media relations intern, kthomas19@indstate.edu or 812-237-3773