Darwin Day Road Show

The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center is trying an experiment this year for Darwin Day.  In 2011 we are taking Darwin Day on the road.  We will be sending our scientists to small towns and communities (i.e., places that wouldn’t otherwise have Darwin Day celebrations) around the United States to share their research and talk to students about what evolution is and what it means to be an evolutionary biologist.

To initiate this process we asked school teachers to serve as our hosts. We received over two dozen requests from all over the country.  We settled on five schools in four states outside of our home state of North Carolina with five terrific, motivated, enthusiastic host teachers. We will be visiting Nebraska, Iowa, Montana, and Virginia,

Yours truly will be part of Team Nebraska/Montana.  My traveling companion will be Gregor Yanega, an expert on biomechanics and everything bird.  While Gregor talks about the evolutionary processes behind hummingbird and pelican beaks, I will be discussing the evolutionary processes behind gigantism in Giant Isopods and Giant Squids.

Wish Team Iowa, Team Virginia, and Gregor and I luck as we embark on our collective journeys.

Stay tuned for more on our collective trips.  You can follow along with Gregor and I on our trip through America’s heartland on Twitter through the hashtag #DarwinRoadShow

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Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

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