2015 NEBC Distinguished Speaker
Dr. Ned Friedman
Director of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
Arnold Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
"Mutants in our Midst: Darwin, Horticulture, and Evolution"
Mark your calendar for the NEBC Meeting with Dr. Ned Friedman on April 10, 2015, 6:45 PM.
Abstract: Although often overlooked as such, many of the horticultural varieties that we grow in gardens are premier examples of the ongoing process of evolution: random mutations that lead, on the rarest of occasions, to novel and desirable biological characteristics. Throughout his life, Charles Darwin (as well as other nineteenth century evolutionists) looked to the world of horticulture and plant domestication to gain critical insights into the generation of variation and the process of natural selection that underlie evolutionary change. Come see how nineteenth century horticulture played a central role in laying the foundations for the discovery of the fact of evolution as well as the process of evolution. Professor Friedman will also argue that modern botanical gardens can and should become a leading force for the promotion of evolutionary thinking by highlighting the very kinds of mutations observed and described by Darwin as well as examples of recent monstrosities and mutants that continue to be found in the Arboretum's and other living collections around the world.
Meeting Celebrating Students
|Bruce Lindwall on right. Caitlin McDonough in the middle. These are two former NEBC Graduate Student Award winners. Caitlin is currently at BU. Bruce, who won our award some years ago, is now with the Expedition Education Institute in VT.
||March 2015 Speaker Tomas Zavada (UMass Boston) on left, and Danny Haelewaters (Harvard) second from right. Third from left is a grad student from UVM brought by Art Gilman.
||James Mickley and colleague from UConn Storrs. James is a recent new student (grad student) member of the Club.