The Lizard’s Tale

The Lizard’s Tale: How Scientists Study Biodiversity

By invitation only.

6–6:40 pm 

Shoenberg Theatre, Missouri Botantical Gardens

6:40–8 pm 

Monsanto Hall, Missouri Botantical Gardens

Admission is complimentary, but space is limited. Registration is required.

The Lizard’s Tale: How Scientists Study Biodiversity 
Featuring Jonathan Losos, William H. Danforth Distinguished Professor and Director of the Living Earth Collaborative

Jonathan Losos is an internationally renowned scholar in the field of evolutionary biology, Professor Jonathan Losos rejoined the Washington University faculty in January 2018. In partnership with the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Saint Louis Zoo, he will lead the Living Earth Collaborative, a new academic center dedicated to advancing the study of biodiversity. The Living Earth Collaborative will serve as a hub to facilitate interdisciplinary research among plant and animal biologists and other scholars across a wide range of fields, bringing together the world’s leading scholars in the field of biodiversity to address the most pressing issue facing humankind today — the ability to sustain life on Earth. 

Within the biology department at Washington University, the primary focus of the Losos lab is on the behavioral and evolutionary ecology of lizards and the study of evolutionary adaptation of wild species to urban habitats. Major questions concern how lizards interact with their environment and how lizard clades have diversified evolutionarily. Addressing such questions requires integration of behavioral, ecological, functional morphological, and phylogenetic studies.

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