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Wilson Science Speaker Series to Focus on Evolutionary Ecology Research

Posted: February 9, 2011

2/9/2011 Evolutionary biologist Véronique Delesalle will discuss "Sex and the Single Flower: Sex Allocation Patterns in the Genus Clarkia (Onograceae)” at Wilson College on Tuesday, Feb. 22.
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DATE: Feb. 9, 2011
CONTACT: Amy Ensley, Director of the Hankey Center for the Education and Advancement of Women
Phone: 717-264-4141, Ext. 3279
Email: amy.ensley@wilson.edu


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Evolutionary biologist Véronique Delesalle will discuss "Sex and the Single Flower: Sex Allocation Patterns in the Genus Clarkia (Onograceae)” at Wilson College on Tuesday, Feb. 22.

Dr. Delesalle, who chairs the Department of Biology at Gettysburg College, will speak as part of Wilson’s “Science in Society” seminar series. The talk, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Brooks Complex auditorium.

Delesalle teaches such courses as “Conservation Biology,” “Biology of Flowering Plants,” “Evolution” and “The Biodiversity Crisis.” She researches evolutionary ecology, particularly the ecology and evolution of reproductive strategies in flowering plants.

“There are over 250,000 described species of flowering plants and much of this diversity involves variation in reproductive strategies,” Delesalle says on her Web page. She is particularly interested in understanding what factors determine the allocation of resources of male function as opposed to female function, as well as understanding how breeding systems and plant-pollinator interactions affect gender allocation patterns.

In addition, Delesalle says she is interested in mentoring projects focusing on forest regeneration and controlling invasive plant species at local nature preserves.

Delesalle has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology (animal behavior) from McGill University in Montreal. Her doctorate in ecology and evolutionary biology is from the University of Arizona.

The science speaker series is sponsored by the Wilson College Sciences Division and the Institute for Women in Science, Mathematics and Technology (WISMAT). For more information, contact Amy Ensley at 717-264-4141, Ext. 3279, or amy.ensley@wilson.edu.

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