North Carolina Botanical Garden


Darwin Day Lecture: Plasticity, Epigenetics, and Evolution

with David Pfennig, Professor of Biology, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Time: 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Fee: Free, preregistration required.


Celebrate Darwin's birthday by joining us for our annual Darwin Day Lecture!


Genes are widely regarded as the fundamental unit of heredity and source of all biological information. Yet many organisms can respond to changes in their environment by altering their features - during their lifetime - via 'developmental plasticity.' These environmentally modified traits can sometimes be passed to offspring in the absence of changes in genes; that is, acquired traits can be inherited 'epigenetically'. In this talk, we will examine whether and how such environmentally induced changes to organismal development affect evolution. As we will see, research into developmental plasticity and epigenetics has major implications not only for evolution but also for human health.



Remaining Registrations: 5 | Registration open until 2/12/2019 7:00 PM.

About the Speaker

David Pfennig has been a professor of biology at UNC Chapel Hill since 1996.  His research focuses on how the interplay between evolution, ecology, and development shapes biodiversity.  He has published numerous scientific papers, as well as a book – Evolution’s Wedge (with Karin Pfennig) – that seeks to integrate evolution and ecology.  His research has been featured on The National Geographic Channel, on PBS’s Nature series, and in The New York Times, Newsweek, National Geographic, Scientific American, New Scientist, and Discover, among other publications.  From 2012-2015, he served as Director of the Royster Society of Fellows in the UNC Graduate School.

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