The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Program at Texas A&M University will host Darwin Day on Feb. 14 from 5-8 p.m. at the Veterinary Medicine Building 1, 660 Raymond Stotzer Parkway in College Station.
In celebration of the father of evolutionary biology Charles Darwin’s birthday, Texas A&M researchers will gather to share how science is illuminating fundamental aspects of biology and making a difference in the world.
The event is free and open to the public, and light snacks and refreshments will be provided.
The keynote speakers will be Peter and Rosemary Grant, Ph.D.s, from Princeton University, who have observed and studied the evolution within a population of finches in the Galapagos Islands. Beginning their study in 1973, they have visited the islands every year since. Their data collection helped demonstrate evolution occurring in real time.
The event will offer interactive booths in biodiversity, natural selection and domestication, paleontology, molecular biology and genetics presented by Texas A&M faculty, staff and students.
A kids’ art contest will also be onsite with a “Who’s your animal valentine?” theme. Kids of all ages are welcome, and all raw materials will be provided onsite. A second art contest will also be available for people of all ages to express how they feel connected to the life work of Charles Darwin or to showcase nature-related artwork.
For a full agenda, visit the Darwin Day website.