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Evolutionary Studies

The Evolutionary Studies group at the University of Missouri comprises a loosely affiliated group of faculty and students with a common interest in exploring biological evolution, its development, and its impact across traditional academic disciplines including the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities. Participants share information and ideas, host speakers, teach courses, and conduct research at these interfaces to further our understanding of evolution in the modern world.

Evolutionary Biology Faculty Candidate Seminars

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Poster is also available at: evolutionbiology_candidate-seminars.pdf

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October 24, 2012 EvoBlitz

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Karthik Panchanathan
Anthropology

Martin Daly
Anthropology

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Oct 24 (Wed) 2012 
1:00-2:00 PM

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Wednesday October 24, 2012, 1:00-2:00 pm
Reading Room, Life Sciences Center

EvoBlitzes are short 10 min. presentations by faculty affiliates of the Evolutionary Studies Group to evolution-minded scholars and students across the campus. Join us to welcome new Anthropology faculty members Dr. Karthik Panchanathan, who studies the evolution of social behavior and behavioral economics, and Dr. Martin Daly, who is widely known for his use of evolutionary approaches to interpret variation in homicide rates, as they introduce their work, and mingle and mix with evolution enthusiasts at Mizzou

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Lecture by Joe Henrich
Professor and Canadian Research Chair of Psychology and Economic, University of British Columbia

 

November 9 (Friday), 3:30pm at Monsanto Auditorium

 

All are invited to the reception following the talk.

 

Sponsored by the Chancellor's Distinguished Visitor Fund, McQuinn Endowment, College of Arts and Science, Florence G. Kline Endowment in Philosophy,
Department of Psychological Sciences, Department of Anthropology, and the Evolutionary Studies Group.

 

 

Humans are a highly ecologically successful species. Long before the origins of agriculture, our species had spread from the frozen tundra of Siberia to the arid deserts of Australia. The secret of our success lies neither in the intelligence of individuals nor in an array of local genetic adaptations. Instead, unlike other species, humans are entirely dependent on large bodies of culturally-transmitted information that accumulates over generations in ways that build complex non-genetic adaptations to local environmental challenges. Drawing on evolutionary modeling, cross-cultural and cross-species comparisons, laboratory experiments on social learning, and quantitative ethnographic work in small-scale societies, I argue that our species’ long reliance on this second system of inheritance, and its ever accumulating and complex adaptive products, has driven the expansion of human brains while shaping our cognitive abilities, manual dexterity, status psychology, gut size, and social inclinations. More broadly, this research program suggests that understanding human evolution requires considering the interaction between genetic and cultural inheritance systems.

 

Professor Henrich's webpage: http://www2.psych.ubc.ca/~henrich/
A prequel to Professor's talk in the form of a video interview (with transcript) can be found in the latest issue of The Edge: https://edge.org/conversation/how-culture-drove-human-evolution
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Co-Sponsored Colloquium: Culling the Herd: Eugenics and the Environmental Conservation Movement in the United States, 1900-1945- April 13, 2012

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Gar Allen, PhD
Department of Biology, Washington University 
Culling the Herd: Eugenics and the Environmental Conservation Movement in the United States, 1900-1945

Sponsered by the Department of History, Life Sciences and Society Program, and the Evolutionary Studies Group 

April 13, 2012 (Friday) 
3:00-4:00 PM
R204, Neff Hall

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EvoTopic: Nature vs. Nurture- March 22, 2012

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Guided discussion led by Discussion Leaders

Discussion Leaders: 
Chris Pires
Associate Professor Department of Biology University of Missouri 
David Geary 
Curator's Professor Department of Psycology Unversity of Missouri

Related Readings:
Why Nature and Nurture Won't Go Away, Pinker, 2005 Download PDF
Perceptions of Epigenetics, Bird, 2007 Download PDF

March 22, 2012
1:00-2:00 PM


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EvoTopic: Levels of Selection- March 1, 2012

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Guided discussion led by Discussion Leaders

Discussion Leaders:
Michael O'Brien
Dean of College of Arts and Sciences University of Missouri
Carsten Strauthausen
Associate Professor of German and English University of Missouri 
Johannes Schul
Associate Professor of Biology University of Missouri

Related Readings:
Eight criticisms not to make about group selection, Eldakar and Wilson, 2011: Download PDF

Levels of Selection: An alternative to individualism in biology and human sciences, Wilson, 1989: Download PDF

Excerpts from Adaptation Natural Selection, Williams, 1989: Download PDF

March 1, 2012
1:00-2:00 PM

 

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Co-Sponsored Colloquium: The Evolution of Large-Scale Cooperation in Humans- February 10, 2012

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The Evolution of Large-Scale Cooperation in Humans

Shakti Lamba, PhD
Anthropology, University College of London

Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and the Evolutionary Studies Group

 

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February 10, 2012 EvoBlitz

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5 min. presentations and 5 min. Q & A for each presenter
followed by open discussion and reception

Shakti Lamba (visitor)
Anthropology, University College of London

Don Burke
Molecular Microbiology & Immunology Joint Associate Professor of Biochemistry

Feb 10 (Friday) 2012
11:00AM- 12:00
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November 28, 2011 EvoBlitz

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5 min. presentations and 5 min. Q & A for each presenter
followed by open discussion and reception

Dmitry Korkin
Engineering-Bioinformatics
Molecular CoveOps: Evolutionary Tricks of Pathogens

Heidi Appel
Division of Plant Sciences
Herbs, Spices, and the Evolution of Herbivore Diets

Nov 28 (Monday) 2011 
1:00-2:00 AM

 

 

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October 27, 2011 EvoBlitz

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5 min. presentations and 5 min. Q & A for each presenter
followed by open discussion and reception

Carl Gerhardt
Division of Biological Sciences
Evolution of vocal communication in frogs

Noah Heringman
Department of English 
Deep time before geology

Oct 27 (Thursday) 2011
2:00-3:00 PM


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October 3, 2011 EvoBlitz

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5 min. presentations and 5 min. Q & A for each presenter
followed by open discussion and reception

Rocio Rivera
Division of Animal Sciences - CAFNR
What's the 'Epi' in Epigenetics?

Rob Walker
Department of Anthropology
Tempo and Mode in Human Cultural Evolution

Oct. 3 (Monday) 2011
1:00-2:00 PM


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September 15, 2011 EvoBlitz

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5 min. presentations and 5 min. Q & A for each presenter
followed by open discussion and reception

Lori Eggert
Biology
The Role of Evolutionary Studies in Conservation 

Todd VanPool
Anthropology
The Evolution of Horned Serpents in Prehistoric Southwestern Iconography

Sept. 15 (Thursday) 2011 
2:00-3:00 PM

 

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April 28, 2011 EvoBlitz

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5 min. presentations and 5 min. Q & A for each presenter
followed by open discussion and reception

Gavin Conant
Animal Sciences

Pat Friedrichsen
Science Education Program, Department of Learning, Teaching & Curriculum, Divison of Biological Sciences

Marty Patton
English

April 28 (Thursday) 2011
2:30-3:45 PM

 

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March 22, 2011 EvoBlitz

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5 min. presentations and 5 min. Q & A for each presenter
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Carsten Strathausen
German and Russian Studies

Ted Koditchek
History

Johannes Schul 
Biological Sciences

March 22 (Tuesday) 2011
12:30-1:45 PM

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Co-Sponsored Colloquium: The Mutation Myth- March 10, 2011

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The Mutation Myth

Denis Walsh, PhD
Department of Philosophy and Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto

Sponsored by Evolutionary Studies Group, Department of Philosophy, and the Benjamin Endowment

March 10, 2011 (Thursday) 
3:30-5:30 PM
R572, LSC

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Co-Sponsored Colloquium: Jenny Marshall Graves- February 17 and 19, 2011

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Jenny Marshall Graves, PhD
Professor and Group Leader of Comparative Genomics, 
Australian National University

Feb. 17, 2011 (Thursday) 11:00 AM, Monsanto Auditorium, LSC 
Evolution of Mammalian Sex Chromosomes and Dosage Compensation

Feb. 19, 2011 (Saturday) 10:30 AM, Monsanto Auditorium, LSC 
Weird Animals, Sex and the Future of Men
Saturday Morning Science (SMS) Talk (link to SMS)

Sponsored by the Evolutionary Studies Group, Division of Animal Sciences, Division of Biology, and Saturday Morning Science

Feb. 17, 19, 2011 (Thursday) 
11:00 AM
Monsanto Auditorium 

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February 17, 2011 EvoBlitz

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5 min. presentations and 5 min. Q & A for each presenter
followed by open discussion and reception

Libby Cowgill
Anthropology

Mark Flinn
Anthropology

Jenny Graves (visitor)
Comparative Genomics, ANU

Feb. 17 (Thursday) 2011
2:30-3:45
 PM

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January 25, 2011 EvoBlitz

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5 min. presentations and 5 min. Q & A for each presenter
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Sarah Bush 
Biological Sciences
Evolution for Everyone

Carol Ward
Pathology & Anatomical Science
Hominin Origin

Randall Westgren
Agricultural Economics
An Applied Economist's View of Evolutionary Theory

Jan. 25 (Tuesday) 2011
12:30-1:45 PM

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November 11, 2010 EvoBlitz

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5 min. presentations and 5 min. Q & A for each presenter
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Rex Cocroft, Division of Biological Sciences
Evolution of Communication in Insects

Casey HollidayDepartment of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences
Evolution of the Reptilian Feeding Apparatus

Andre AriewDepartment of Philosophy
How Probability Changed Natural Selection

Nov. 11 (Thursday) 2010
12:00-1:00 PM

 

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