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Evolutionary Theory


If we watch a population of organisms for many generations, we can (almost literally) see them evolve. Nonetheless, the idea that the full complexity of life on earth emerged through natural selection and random processes seems fantastic, and of course generates political controversy.  In a series of symposia, we hope to address the extent to which evolution is becoming a quantitative theory.  We will explore questions ranging from the evolution of simple traits in single celled organisms to the evolution of culture in human societies.

Symposia will begin at 9:15 AM with bagels and coffee, and wrap up by 4:30 PM.  Lunch will be served.  All lectures will be in the Science Center, Room 4102 at the Graduate Center. Events are open to the scientific community, but we ask that you email its@gc.cuny.edu to register, so that we can provide the right amount of food and coffee (!).

Some funds are available to facilitate the participation of students and postdoctoral fellows from around the New York metropolitan area.  Please email its@gc.cuny.edu if you would like to take advantage of this opportunity.