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ODU Seminar Features FSU Dean Who is an Evolutionary Biologist

Joseph Travis, distinguished professor of evolutionary ecology and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Florida State University, will lead a seminar Tuesday, Jan. 26, sponsored by the Old Dominion University Department of Biological Sciences.

"Do We, Should We, Have an Evolutionary Ecology?" is the topic of Travis' presentation. The seminar, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 12:30 p.m. in Room 101 of the Mills E. Godwin Life Sciences Building.

Travis is an evolutionary biologist whose research focuses on the ecology and evolutionary biology of freshwater fishes. His work spans other areas, as well, from the community ecology of Amazonian frogs to the molecular population genetics of gag grouper in the Gulf of Mexico.

He is past president of the American Society of Naturalists, and is currently president of the American Institute of Biological Sciences. In 1991, Professor Travis was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The research conducted by Travis makes a contribution in two broader areas. First, it helps to explain the power and precision of evolutionary adaptation by uncovering it on very local scales. Second, it opens up an important window on comparative ecology by shedding light on how species cope with different ecological challenges in different locations. The principles that emerge from this work can be applied to a variety of situations, from understanding how fishery stocks respond evolutionarily to harvesting to understanding how a species' role in a community might vary from one location to another.

This article was posted on: January 25, 2010

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