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[Evolution_RU] E&E Special Event; Dr. Robert Trivers leads discussion on eusociality and kinship theory; Oct. 13, 1:00 p.m. ENR Room 145

Lena Struwe struwe at AESOP.Rutgers.edu
Sat Sep 25 16:12:29 EDT 2010


(Please forward to those that might be interested)

* * Ecology & Evolution Graduate Program

*SPECIAL EVENT*

*"Discussion of Nowak et al on eusociality and kinship theory"

***

lead by

*DR. ROBERT TRIVERS*

Dept of Anthropology

OCTOBER 13, 1 PM

Room 145, ENR Building, Cook Campus

Host: Dr. Lena Struwe

Background:

M E Nowak, C E Tarnita, and E O Wilson published a controversial paper 
in a recent issue of Nature, arguing that Hamilton's kin selection 
theory (caring for your relative's offspring instead of having children 
of your own) does not explain the evolution of eusociality better than 
standard natural selection theory. Since the publication this has been 
heavily debated, with input from many prominent evolutionary biologists. 
Dr. Trivers will lead a discussion on this topic for faculty and 
students on Cook Campus.

Everybody is welcome to attend.

Links to additional information:

Nowak et al. (Nature paper):

http://www.nature.com.proxy.libraries.rutgers.edu/nature/journal/v466/n7310/full/nature09205.html 


New York Times article by Carl Zimmer:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/31/science/31social.html?emc=eta1

Jerry Coyne's response:

http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2010/08/30/a-misguided-attack-on-kin-selection/ 


Richard Dawkins response:

http://richarddawkins.net/articles/508102-a-misguided-attack-on-kin-selection 


A blogpost on the Ecographica blog outlining criticism:

http://ecographica.blogspot.com/2010/08/why-eo-wilsons-latest-eusociality-paper.html 


Marsha Morin

Graduate Program Administrator

Ecology and Evolution Graduate Program

14 College Farm Road, Room 150

School of Environmental and Biological Sciences

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

New Brunswick, NJ 08901- 8520

tel: 732-932-3213

fax: 732-932-8746

mmorin at sebs.rutgers.edu



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