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LECTURE: Glad to Have Evolved

Elizabeth E. Rowley Lecture, co-sponsored by the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research
10/05/2011 - 7:30pm
Statler Hall Auditorium
Olivia Judson, D. Phil., biologist and writer

Living beings profoundly shape our planet—bacteria precipitate clouds and alter the magnetic fields of rocks. Organisms also shape each other to drive evolutionary change: the bee shapes the flower, the cheetah shapes the gazelle. In this wide-ranging lecture, Olivia Judson considers the implications of evolution for understanding Earth and ourselves, celebrating humans as part of nature’s pageant.

Olivia Judson is an evolutionary biologist and writer based at Imperial College, London. Her award-winning book, Dr Tatiana’s Sex Advice to All Creation: The Definitive Guide to the Evolutionary Biology of Sex, has been translated into more than 15 languages and was made into a TV show. She has contributed to The New York Times, Natural History, The Guardian, and The Economist, and is at work on her next book. Read more about her work at and


This lecture is co-sponsored by the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research.