Learn about how natural selection drives evolution in the Galapagos Islands during a biological sciences lecture at Missouri S&T on March 6.
Dr. Tony Frankino, associate chair and associate professor of biological and biochemistry at the University of Houston will speak on “Research-based Learning in the Galapagos” from noon – 1 p.m., March 6, in the Carver-Turner Room of the Havener Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Frankino studies how natural selection can drive the evolution of body proportions. His research focuses on how variation in physiological mechanisms produces evolutionarily important phenotypic variation, and how this influences adaptive evolution.
At the University of Houston, he studies the expression, evolution and evolutionary ecology of morphological scaling. He has mentored more than 100 undergraduates, won several teaching awards and teaches an annual research-based study abroad course in the Galapagos Islands.
Frankino’s research is supported by a three-year, $435,000 grant from the National Science Foundation as part of a collaborative NSF grant with Dr. Alex Shingleton, associate professor of biology at Lake Forest College.
The lecture is sponsored by the biological sciences department at Missouri S&T. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.