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Rockville Science Cafe: Why manatees shouldn’t be farmers, and other tales of aquatic convergent evolution.

April 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Rockville Science Center is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Rockville Science Cafe, April
Time: Apr 21, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Although whales, seals, and manatees all now spend their lives in the water, their ancestors each descended from a different land-based mammalian line. During their independent adaptations to the life aquatic, these animals gained some features and lost others. What can their genomes tell us about what they have gained and what they have lost through this amazing environmental transition? Join Wynn on a scientific adventure involving broken genes, sea lion blood, pesticides, a colorful cast of characters, and many lines of computer code, and learn why she’s passionate about One Health – the principle that the health of humans, animals, and the environment are all interconnected – particularly in the era of Covid-19.


Wynn Meyer is a biologist with interests in data sharing and privacy, making scientific data accessible to policy-makers and the public, and supporting a diverse scientific workforce. As a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, Wynn works with the NIH Office of Data Science Strategy to support data infrastructure, management, and policy, and data science training opportunities for a wide array of audiences. Wynn conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Pittsburgh, where she investigated shared patterns of evolution in marine mammals, mentored undergraduates, taught research-based laboratory courses, and started a regional evolutionary biology conference. Her previous postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley, and PhD research at the University of Chicago explored a variety of topics in primate and insect evolution. In 2020, she will join the Biology Department at Lehigh University.




April 21
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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on-line Science cafe