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  Carpenter-Cohn Lecture


Roger E. Carpenter and Theodore J. Cohn
Lecture in Comparative Biology

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This lecture series was established in honor of Dr. Roger E. Carpenter and in honor of and in memoriam for Dr. Theodore (Ted) J. Cohn. Both were professors of the Department of Biology at San Diego State University, and both made outstanding contributions in teaching and  research. Roger is a comparative physiologist in ecological and evolutionary physiology. Ted was an active insect systematist, specializing in groups of the western US and Mexico. This Carpenter-Cohn lecture, held annually each spring, highlights the research of a distinguished biologist whose research perspective is integrative and emphasizes major patterns and unifying themes in comparative biology.

22nd Annual Carpenter-Cohn lecture in
Comparative Biology

Dr. Rick Prum

The Evolution of Beauty

Monday 4-5 pm, September 25, 2017
Aztec Student Union Theater (2nd floor, east end)

Parking Lot 4 (permits purchased at dispenser at n.e. corner)
General Parking Information

Reception (5-7 pm) following talk: Faculty/Staff Center Patio

The Carpenter-Cohn Lecture for 2017 will be given by Dr. Rick Prum of Yale University. Dr. Prum is the author of a new book, The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin's Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World - and Us, that challenges conventional ideas about sexual selection. His research interests are broad and include behavioral evolution, feather evolution and development, mate choice, sexual conflict, aesthetic evolution, and the theropod dinosaur origin of birds, among other topics. Honors and awards he has received include a MacArthur Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Fulbright Scholar Award. Please join us for an exciting and informative talk on Dr. Prum’s research!

Earlier Lectures:

2006 Lecture: Dr. Brian McNab
      University of Florida
"When Less is More: Vertebrate Adaptations to Island Life"
      Geology Mathematics and Computer Sciences, Room 333, 24 April 2006, 4 pm

2005 Lecture: Dr. Daniel E. Crocker
      Sonoma State University
      Hardy Tower, Room 140, 18 April 2004, 4 pm

2004 Lecture: Dr. Raymond Huey
      University of Washington
"Success and Death in Thin Air: Natural Selection on Himalayan Mountaineers"
      Hardy Tower, Room 140, 12 April 2004, 4 pm

2003 Lecture: Dr. Karl J. Niklas
Cornell University
"The Green Tapestry of Life: Plant Evolution and the Invasion of Land"
      Hardy Tower, Room 140, 17 March 2003, 4 pm

2002 Lecture: Dr. Gerald Kooyman
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
"Emperor Penguins: Going for the Gold of Extreme Adaptations:
        Diving, Flying, and Fasting,"

      Hardy Tower, Room 140, 11 March 2002, 4 pm

2001 Lecture: Dr. Terrie Williams
University of California, Santa Cruz
"The Price of Speed. Athletic Secrets from Diving Dolphins and Bouncing Dogs"
      Hardy Tower, Room 140, 30 April 2001, 4 pm

2000 Lecture: Dr. Jeffrey Graham
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
"Tuna Tunes: Harmony, rhythm, tempo, and variations on themes in Nature's
        scombrid sonata"

      3 April 2000, 4 pm

1999 Lecture: Dr. Robert J. Full
University of California, Berkeley
"Biological Inspiration for the Design of Many-Legged Locomotors"
      Hepner Hall, Room 221, 19 April 1999, 4 pm

1998 Lecture: Dr. Ken Dial
      University of Montana
"An Inside Look at How Birds Fly"

1997 Lecture: Dr. Hal Mooney
      Stanford University
"Biotic Systems in a High CO2 World"

1996 Lecture: Dr. Bill Dawson
      University of Michigan
"Experimental Approaches to Natural History"