Posted on February 21, 2017, BY Matt Hughes

Ellen Currano, professor of paleobotany at the University of Wyoming, will give the annual Darwin Day lecture at Bucknell University on Thursday, Feb. 23. The event will begin at noon in Trout Auditorium in the Vaughan Literature Building. || Click here for a map of campus

Currano uses fossil plants to investigate the response of ancient forest ecosystems to environmental stress, which can be useful in predicting how modern ecosystems will respond to human-induced changes such as global warming. Currano will outline what scientists have learned about the evolution of life on Earth from coal mine fossils, and will also share information about her work to promote women in science. Currano is also the founder of The Bearded Lady Project, a documentary film and photographic project celebrating the work of female paleontologists and highlighting the challenges and obstacles they face.

The Darwin Day Lecture is organized and sponsored by the Bucknell Department of Biology. This year's talk is part of the the Bucknell Coal Collections Series and is co-sponsored by the Department of Geology, the David Burpee Chair in Plant Genetics and and University Lectureship Committee.

The Department of Biology has organized the Darwin Day talk since 2009, and last year hosted chemical oceanographer Jay Cullen. International Darwin Day is held on or around the Feb. 12 birthday of biologist Charles Darwin.

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