Last day for Martha’s new course, “Life in the Anthropocene”

One of the coolest aspects of being a faculty member is getting to design new courses. This fall, I had the absolute privilege of leading a new course: Life in the Anthropocene. We talked about all the ways in which humans have changed selective pressures in the environment, and how those selective pressures impact organisms. It was a total blast! Honestly, I can’t thank the students enough for the thoughtful discussion and the pure joy of this course. Today was the last day and students discussed their term papers. Undergraduate Nathan Clark brought in his own products of human-induced selection: Ultra hot peppers! They were so hot he needed to wear gloves. I’ll miss this class so much!

 

The Muñoz Lab hosts Dr. Will Ratcliff from Georgia Tech

This past week, we had the privilege of hosting Dr. Will Ratcliff for our EEB seminar series. Dr. Ratcliff’s work bridges evolution, microbiology, and cellular/molecular biology to address a core question in biology: How does multicellularity evolve? Thanks again to Will, who gave a rocking talk and was a wonderful visitor.