AMHERST, Mass. – This fall’s Science Café series kicks off Monday, Sept. 10at 5:30 p.m. at Esselon Café in Hadley with “How to Build an Organism: a DIY Guide,” presented by Craig Albertson, assistant professor of biology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Albertson will discuss some of his work exploring the design and diversification of the animal body form, proceeding from the genetic blueprint to principles of animal development.
Light snacks are provided and drinks are available for purchase. All Science Cafe events are free and designed for a general audience.
Organized by graduate students in the organismic and evolutionary biology (OEB) program at UMass Amherst, the series brings engaging conversations about science to broad audiences. It is supported by the Society for the Study of Evolution, OEB and the UMass Natural History Collections.
The graduate program in organismic and evolutionary biology at UMass Amherst trains M.S. and Ph.D. students in four major areas: animal behavior, ecology, evolutionary biology and organismal biology. OEB graduate students, postdoctoral associates and faculty members study biological processes ranging from the molecular to the ecosystem level, often bridging the gap between basic and applied research.