Michael_Nachman_cropThe Academy continues its replays of the University of Arizona’s College of Science Genomics-Now lectures with a broadcast of the lecture “Genomics and the Complexity of Life” on Thursday (March 14) at 3:30 p.m. The speaker is Michael Nachman, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona.

The abstract of his talk states “Our genomes provide the ultimate record of evolution, and evolution explains many fascinating aspects of our genomes. How do changes in the genome allow organisms to adapt to their environment? How do changes in the genome produce new species?  … Genomics has deepened our understanding of evolution in ways Darwin never could have imagined.”

Prof. Nachman uses his own research on color variations of rock pocket mice to simply and elegantly illustrate the science he is explaining.

Nachman is director of the UA’s Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program in Comparative Genomics, which gives Ph.D. candidates multiple interdisciplinary activities designed to focus attention on the evolutionary, functional, and computational aspects of genomics.

Submitted by Marcia Neugebauer, Academy Village Volunteer

How Genomics Complements Evolution: March 2013