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Seminar: Dr. Tamra Mendelson, UMBC


Off Campus : MPR

Date & Time

April 20, 2022, 3:00 pm4:00 pm


April 20, 2022 at 3:00pm

Title: Beauty and speciation in North American freshwater fishes

Speaker: Dr. Tamra Mendelson

Host: Dr. Eric Schott

Abstract: Darwin spent much of his career pondering the mystery of beauty in nature, and we’ve made halting progress since then. Focusing on exaggerated male sexual signals, I address the role that “beautiful" traits might play in the origin of species. I begin by examining recent discussions of beauty in popular science and then address two hypotheses about its mechanisms and role in speciation. Research focuses on the genus Etheostoma, a colorful radiation of freshwater fishes in North America.