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Outreach

The Zuk lab has a sustained commitment to making evolutionary biology accessible to non-traditional science audiences through public outreach. Here's what we've been up to lately.

Dr. Zuk's Op-Ed in the LA Times:

Dr. Zuk published an op-ed in the LA Times about gender, drawing inferences about sex differences in a gendered society, and the pursuit of careers in science. You can read it here.

Popular Science Review

The Wall Street Journal recently published Dr. Zuk's review of Spineless by Juli Berwald. You can read the article here.

Dr. Zuk recently reviewed How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog): Visionary Scientists and a Siberian Tale of Jumpstarted Evolution by Lee Alan Dugatkin and Lyudmila Trut for the New York Times. The book details what was learned about domestication via artificial selection experiments on foxes. You can read Dr. Zuk's book review here.

Rachel Olzer and Step-Up

This summer, PhD student Rachel Olzer partnered with the Loppet Foundation and Step-Up Achieve to clean up Theodore Wirth Park. Throughout the summer the trail crew discussed the concept of "wilderness" and what it means to be an outdoor steward. The interns also had the opportunity to discuss an education in the biological sciences, what a PhD student was, and what types of careers put people close to nature. Rachel is interested in the connection between experience in the outdoors and career decisions later in life, particularly as they relate to the under-representation of people of color in the fields of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior.

Step-Up Youth

The Zuk Lab at the annual meeting of the Animal Behavior Society 2016

Graduate student Becky Ehrlich and honorary lab member Virginia Heinen participated in an outreach fair at the University of Missouri this summer. In an interactive display, they spoke to several hundred visitors about our lab's work in evolutionary biology and what the crickets are teaching us about rapid evolution. Art (below) by Virginia Heinen tells the story of Teleogryllus oceanicus in Hawaii.

 

Quiet Crickets

Quiet Crickets

Dr. Zuk at TEDWomen 2015

Dr. Zuk traveled to California to give her "What We Learn from Insects' Kinky Sex Lives" talk at the TEDWomen conference. The talk has been viewed 1.4 million times to date -- you can view it here

Marlene Zuk at TEDWomen