Cancelled: March 2020 Presentation: The Secret Life of Salamanders

March 23, 2020 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
People's Church
1758 North 10th St
Donna Keller

The March presentation topic falls under the “truth is stranger than fiction” category. Our guest speaker, Dr. Katherine Greenwald, will tell us about the unisexual (all female) salamanders in the genus Ambystoma. These salamanders are common in Southern Michigan, but the way that they reproduce is globally unique – they “steal” DNA from males of other species! Strange right? But true! Dr. Greenwald will explain how this works, the advantages and disadvantages, and some of the research her lab is doing to better understand this fascinating evolutionary lineage.

Dr. Katherine Greenwald received a BS in Biology from Brown University and a PhD from Ohio State University where her dissertation focused on habitat fragmentation, functional landscape connectivity, and metapopulation processes in amphibians. Now a professor at Eastern Michigan University, her lab uses molecular tools to answer ecological and conservation-related questions regarding amphibians and reptiles.

We hope you’ll join us on Monday, March 23, at People’s Church, 1758 North 10th Street, Kalamazoo. Our program starts at 7:30 PM and is preceded by a social time with light refreshments at 7:00 PM. Guests and the general public are encouraged to attend. Handicap parking and access is at either the front or rear entrance of the building. Please remember to bring your own coffee mug to reduce our dishwashing.