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NYC - Public Lecture Series feat. Doug Emlen


ANIMAL WEAPONS: The Evolution of Battle


Evolutionary biologist Douglas Emlen has always been fascinated by extreme weapons in animals, from dung beetles, fiddler crabs, and flies all the way up to walruses, caribou, and even extinct beasts like Irish elk, saber-toothed tigers, and mammoths. Why do animals grow weapons that are so stunningly outsized, even to the point where they hamper the bearers’ mobility and damage their overall health? It turns out that there are clear laws governing when arms races in the animal kingdom will arise—and they apply to the development of human weapons, as well. Emlen will mix stories from his extensive field experience in remote corners of the world with military history and a lively, accessible explanation of the processes of evolutionary biology, peppered with examples of the awesome weapons of some of the most amazing animals who have ever walked the Earth.

Douglas J. Emlen is the recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House, multiple research awards from the National Science Foundation, including its five-year CAREER award, and a Young Innovators Award and the E.O. Wilson Naturalist Award from the American Society of Naturalists. His research has been featured in outlets including the New York Times and National Public Radio’s “Fresh Air.”

Emlen is a professor of biology at the University of Montana, where he conducts research on the evolution of animal weapons. After earning his Ph.D. at Princeton, he spent three years as a postdoctoral fellow at Duke University before coming to Montana. Emlen’s research has earned him the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering from the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House, multiple research awards from the National Science Foundation, including their five-year CAREER award, and a Young Investigator Prize and the E. O. Wilson Naturalist Award from the American Society of Naturalists. Emlen’s research has been featured in outlets including the New York Times and National Public Radio’s Fresh Air. His recent textbook, Evolution: Making Sense of Life, co-authored with science-writer Carl Zimmer and released in 2012 (Roberts & Company Publishers), has already been adopted by more than 180 universities.

His new book, ANIMAL WEAPONS: The Evolution of Battle, is set to be published on Nov. 11 by Henry Holt. For more information on the book, please click here, and to learn more about Doug, please click here.

Date: 11/17/2014

Time: 6:00pm Reception, 7:00pm Lecture

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: Free

Guest Ticket Price: $20

Student Ticket Price:

Free for EC Student Members, $5 w/ a valid Student ID

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