Science Café Las Vegas: Elizabeth Stacy
Elizabeth Stacy, associate professor in the UNLV School of Life Sciences, will speak at an upcoming Science Café Las Vegas. Her talk is titled, "Why Are There so Many Tree Species?"
Ever wonder where species come from? The tens of millions of species alive today are just a tiny fraction of all species that ever lived – and how this diversity arose remains a fundamental problem in biology. The origin of the ~100,000 species of trees on Earth is a particularly challenging problem given that trees are long lived, occur in continuous populations, and are slow to evolve barriers to hybridization. Metrosideros (‘Ohi’a) is a hyper-variable tree species complex in the evolutionary hotbed of Hawaii that appears to capture multiple stages of the speciation process. Adaptation to Hawaii’s harshest, but stable, environments may drive rapid evolution of new forms.
Come join others for a lively science discussion, delicious food, and fun. Come at 6:30 p.m. to order your food and mingle. Those under 21 are welcome.
Admission is free and open to the public. Food and drink will not be provided. Any food or drink ordered is paid for separately by each attendee.
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