Jan 20, 2012
By Kyle Ranally
Professor of Biological Sciences Molly Morris will be the speaker at the Science Café at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25 in the Baker University Center Front Room. Free coffee will be available for the first 50 attendees.
Morris will be presenting "Beyond Match.com: Alternative Mating Strategies," a discussion of the evolution of sexual reproduction and research findings discovered by Morris’ own personal studies of freshwater stream fish.
"I am interested in biological diversity and how it is maintained," said Morris. "In particular, I study alternative reproductive tactics in fishes."
Morris has spent over 20 years in Mexico researching female mating preferences and animal communication in freshwater fish. The goal of this research is to understand how sexual selection produces and maintains biodiversity. According to Morris, the communication and actions of these fish depend largely on their surroundings.
"Not only is there more than one way to do something 'right,' how well your tactic will succeed often depends on the tactics others around you are using," said Morris.
Science Cafés are a venue for students interested in the sciences and engineering to informally share their interests during a conversational exchange with faculty, staff and the community in a friendly setting.
Here is the Science Café schedule for the rest of Winter Quarter:
Feb. 8: Greg Van Patten, Chemistry and Biochemistry, "The Big Deal about Small Stuff"
Feb. 22: Peggy Zoccola, Psychology, "TBD"
March 7: Madappa Prakash, Physics & Astronomy, "TBD"