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UVa Darwin Day

In celebration of Charles Darwin’s 206th Birthday, the Biology Department invites you to UVA’s Darwin Day event!


Know the basics about Darwin's contributions to science but eager to find out more?

Curious about the research into evolution and biodiversity happening here at UVA? 

Interested in how evolution can inform important advances in medicine, agriculture, and conservation?

Considered working in a biology lab or on a field project, but not sure how to start or who to talk to?

Find yourself getting hungry around 4:00pm on Fridays?


If you answered yes to any of those questions, then come join us for UVA Darwin Day!  We have a great set of posters and an exciting keynote speaker lined up.


UVA Darwin Day is completely free and open to the public. Parking is available for free at Scott stadium after 5:00 pm.  


4:00- Poster Session - Gilmer Hall, Room 290

The Department of Biology invites you to meet our professors and students and to learn about their current evolution-related research. Come check out posters about Darwin's ideas and how they inspire our work at UVA. Participate in hands-on demonstrations, tour the greenhouse, and meet the animals we study. Learn about summer research opportunities in our labs and at UVA's two field stations, Mountain Lake Biological Station and Blandy Experimental Farm.  Plus, there will be snacks by each lab!


5:30- Birthday Celebration - Glimer Hall, Room 190

Join us for a birthday party complete with a big birthday cake and Darwin costume contest (costume optional but encouraged with evolution-related prizes)!


6:00- Free Public Lecture by UNC Professor David Pfennig: "The Flexible Organism: Developmental Plasticity and the Origins of Diversity” - Gilmer 190

Join us in Glimer Hall 190 for a public talk by Professor David Pfennig from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill on the evolution of diversity. Dr. Pfennig’s research focuses on the interplay between evolution, ecology, and development. He is especially interested in the evolutionary and ecological consequences of a common feature of development––its tendency to be responsive to changes in an individual’s environment. He studies these questions in diverse systems from toads to snakes to viruses. 

David Pfennig has published more than 100 scientific papers, as well as a book –– Evolution’s Wedge (with Karin Pfennig) –– that integrates evolution and ecology and places the study of these fields in an historical context.  His research has been featured on The National Geographic Channel, on PBS’s Nature series and in the The New York Times, Newsweek, National Geographic, Scientific American, New Scientist, and Discover, among other publication


Hope to see you there!

UVA Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Group


Sponsored by the UVA College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and by University of California Press