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Wed 12 Aug 2015, 6:00pm–8:00pm

Where: National Aquarium of New Zealand, 546 Marine Parade, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Restrictions: All Ages

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Lecture by Scott V. Edwards

Birds are the living descendants of dinosaurs. This theory, based almost entirely on the size and shape of fossilized bones, is now the world view shared by most evolutionists. What is less well known is that the genomes of birds - comprised of over 1 billion DNA letters and thousands of genes - bear traces of their dinosaur ancestry as well. Modern genomics reveals how bird genomes reflect their streamlined and high-energy lifestyles, epitomized by their ability to fly. Deciphering the language of DNA reveals the origin of birds’ unique traits, such as feathers, the mystery of evolutionary reversals, such as loss of flight, and provides clues to their stunning diversity and survival in the face of global environmental change.

Scott Edwards is Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and Curator of Ornithology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. He came to Harvard in December 2003 after serving as a faculty for 9 years in the Zoology Department and the Burke Museum at the University of Washington, Seattle. Scott got his undergraduate degree from Harvard in 1986 and his PhD from the Department of Zoology and Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley, in 1992. He conducted postdoctoral research in avian disease genetics at the University of Florida, Gainesville. He has conducted museum-based fieldwork throughout the U.S., Australia and the Pacific region and has interests in many aspects of avian biology, including evolutionary history and biogeography, disease ecology, population genetics and comparative genomics. He has served on the National Geographic’s Committee for Research and Exploration, the Senior Advisory Boards of the US National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) and the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS), and on the Advisory Boards of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian. He oversees a program funded by the National Science Foundation to increase the diversity of undergraduates in evolutionary biology and biodiversity science. He is currently serving as Director of the Division of Biological Infrastructure in the Biology Directorate of the National Science Foundation.

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