Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 5:00pm
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American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr. Auditorium, 200 Beacon St., Somerville

Building, Exploring, and Using the Tree of Life

Hosted by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, scientists Douglas E. and Pamela S. Soltis, both of the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida, will share challenges and breakthroughs of this undertaking and how the Tree of Life can be used to illustrate, instruct, and inspire the public about biodiversity. Introduction by Scott Vernon Edwards, Alexander Agassiz Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Curator of Orinthology at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University.

All microbes, fungi, plants, and animals are connected through an immense network of relationships that Darwin referred to as the Tree of Life. Until recently, the genealogical interconnections of Earth's 2.3 million named species defied visualization.

For decades scientists Douglas E. and Pamela S. Soltis have been collaborating with scientists worldwide to build the Tree of Life. This project has harnessed algorithm development, computer power, and DNA sequencing to create a comprehensive visual Tree of Life.

Registration required. Dinner to follow, $55/person fee.

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Kristin Josti

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