Hopi Hoekstra: The genetic basis of evolutionary change in morphology and behavior

I. Introduction
II. Genetics of Morphology
III. Genetics of Behavior

Part III: Genetics of Behavior

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Lecture Overview
In Part 1, Hoekstra explains that her lab is working to understand how changes in an organism’s DNA result in adaptations that allow the organism to better survive or reproduce in the wild. She uses wild mice in the genus Peromyscus (commonly referred to as deer mice) as a model system because they are found in large numbers in many different habitats, allowing for many examples of adaptation to local environments, and they also thrive in a lab environment. More >>

Speaker Bio
After a short stint studying political science in college, Hopi Hoekstra switched her focus to biology. She received her B.A. in Integrative Biology from UC Berkeley, and her Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Washington. She completed postdoctoral research at the University of Arizona, and, in 2003, she joined the faculty at UC San Diego. Three years later, she moved to Harvard University, where she is the Agassiz Professor of Zoology in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. Hoekstra is also Curator of Mammals at the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology. More >>

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