"'A Great & Curious Blunder in Dame Nature': Evo-Devo and Darwin’s Exclamation"
Dr. Pamela Diggle is a professor and the associate department head of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut. Her talk is entitled “'A Great & Curious Blunder in Dame Nature': Evo-Devo and Darwin’s Exclamation." Her research interests concern the evolution of morphological diversity among plants, with particular emphasis on understanding how features of development shape the dynamics of evolutionary change. Her approaches range from analyses of developmental responses of individuals to contrasting environmental conditions, to understanding how development has evolved over time in groups of closely related plants, to understanding differences across all of flowering plants. She examines development at the level of gene expression, the features of cells and tissues, and the features of whole plants as they unfold over an individual’s lifetime.