Meet-Up (02/15) – Plant Evolution and ‘The Tree of Life Project’

Saturday February 15th, 2014 4:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Steve SmithThe Ann Arbor Science & Skeptics is having a meet-up on Saturday, February 15th from 4:00 to 7:00pm at the Colonial Lanes/Cubs A.C. restaurant. We’ll be in the back room located down the short hallway past the bar.

Our special guest will be Dr. Stephen Smith, an evolutionary biologist and Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His research focuses on plant evolution, detecting and describing large scale patterns of evolution, examining differences in the rate of molecular evolution, and using new data sources like transcriptomes and genomes to address these questions.

He is also currently working on the Tree of Life project, a collaborative effort by “biologists and nature enthusiasts” to “provide information about biodiversity, the characteristics of different groups of organisms, and their evolutionary history.” A recent story from the University of Michigan News Service describes this project in relation to determining how plants evolved to survive in cold weather.

The first part of the event will be for general socializing and ordering refreshments. After which, there will be some announcements, and then we will start the conversation at approximately 4:30.

There is no cost to attend but donations to cover the guest speaker’s meal and beverages, as well as general group expenses, are appreciated.

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