UWL public lecture shares how new discoveries about the way nature works are being used to restore it
Scientists have discovered that natural rules govern the number and kind of plants and animals in the wild — from the fish in the ocean to giraffes roaming the savannas, prairies and woodlands.
“The Serengeti Rules,” are the ecological rules that regulate the numbers and kinds of animals and plants in any given place. Author and Biologist Sean B. Carroll will explain how these rules were discovered and how they are being applied to restore some of the greatest wilderness areas on the planet during a free, public lecture at UW-La Crosse.
UWL’s College of Science and Health will host Carroll as the annual Distinguished Speaker in the Life Sciences. The lecture, “The Serengeti Rules: The Regulation and Restoration of Biodiversity,” will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in The Bluffs, Student Union.
Sean B. Carroll is an award-winning scientist, writer, educator and film producer. He is vice president for Science Education of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the largest private supporter of science education activities in the U.S., and Distinguished University Professor of Biology at the University of Maryland.
Carroll is the author of five books for general audiences including “The Serengeti Rules,” “Brave Genius,” “The Making of the Fittest,” “Endless Forms Most Beautiful,” and “Remarkable Creatures,” which was a finalist for the National Book Award for non-fiction. In 2016, Carroll received the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science.
The architect of HHMI’s documentary film initiative, Carroll has served as executive producer and/or on-screen presenter of more than a dozen feature films, including Mass Extinction, Amazon Adventure, and The Farthest, and has earned one Emmy and two Emmy nominations. His latest book, “The Serengeti Rules” was the basis for a theatrical film released in 2019.
Carroll’s laboratory research has centered on the genes that control animal body patterns and play major roles in the evolution of animal diversity. He has received the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Sciences, been elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the European Molecular Biology Organization, as well as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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