AMHERST, Mass. – Charles Ross, assistant professor of evolutionary biology at Hampshire College, will speak on “Forbidden Love: Crickets in the Hybrid Zone” as the Science Café series continues on Monday, Oct. 8 at 5:30 p.m. at the Esselon Café in Hadley.
Ross will discuss his work exploring adaptation, reproductive isolation and hybridization – all from a cricket’s eye view. Light snacks will be provided and drinks will be available for purchase. All Science Café events are free and designed for a public audience.
The Science Café series is organized by graduate students in the organismic and evolutionary biology (OEB) program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is supported by the Society for the Study of Evolution, the Massachusetts Academy of Sciences, OEB and the UMass Natural History Collections.
The graduate program in organismic and evolutionary biology trains M.S. and Ph.D. students in four major areas: animal behavior, ecology, evolutionary biology, and organismal biology. OEB graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and faculty study biological processes ranging from the molecular to the ecosystem level, often bridging the gap between basic and applied research.