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Marlene Zuk - October 27, 2005

Marlene Zuk

Professor of Biology, University of California, Riverside

"Sexual Selections: What We Can and Cannot Learn about Sex from Animals"

8:00 PM Thursday, October 27, 2005
University Theatre

Author of the much praised Sexual Selections:  What We Can and Can’t Learn about Sex from Animals (2002), Professor Zuk will review the history of sexual selection and give some examples of its operation in animals.  She will discuss recent findings that are changing our ideas about the traditional view of the philandering male and coy female.

"Singing and Scales: Crickets Risking It All from an Acoustically-orienting Parasitoid"

3:40 PM Thursday, October 27, 2005
Gallagher Business Building 123

You are cordially invited to attend a seminar with Marlene Zuk.  After earning her Ph.D. in zoology at the University of Michigan in 1986, she began teaching in the Biology Department at the University of California, Riverside.  She enjoys a well-established reputation as an outstanding teacher.  The winner of many grants, Professor Zuk has published more than 100 scientific papers and articles on various aspects of sexual selection in the animal kingdom.  With J.E. Loye, she edited Bird-Parasite Interactions:  Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior (1991).  Her book, Sexual Selections:  What We Can and Can’t Learn about Sex from Animals (2002), has earned enthusiastic reviews.  The New York Times Book Review called it “fascinating and persuasive.”  The Wall Street Journal said of Professor Zuk that she “is a truly intelligent writer who is out to make a serious point.”