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The Rice Science Café is a meeting where for the price of a cup of coffee or tea, a glass of wine or beer, anyone can come explore and debate the latest ideas in science and technology.

A science café's casual meeting place, plain language, and inclusive conversation create a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere for people with no science background. A scientist gives a brief presentation Black Labon an interesting topic in their area of expertise to kick off the discussion. The Science Café meets at the:

Black Labrador Pub
4100 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006
Churchill Room - 1st floor

Located on Montrose Blvd. between Colquitt and W. Main (just north of Richmond Ave.)

Free parking is available in the garage behind the Black Lab.

Seating is first come first serve—the room has a limited capacity.

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2017   •   6:30 p.m.

Scott Egan, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor, Department of Biosciences, Rice University

In 1859, Charles Darwin described the evolution of new species as the “mystery of mysteries”. Over 150 years later, biologists have made incredible progress in understanding the forces that promote, maintain, and constrain biodiversity. Ecology has always played a pivotal role, however, only recently has the role of ecology been the subject of intensified research. Using evidence from leaf beetles, gall wasps, and fruit flies, I will present research focused on three core areas in field of ‘ecological speciation’: (1) the ecological sources of divergent selection, (2) the evolution of ecologically based barriers to gene flow, and (3) the potential role of the genome in mediating this process based on how the genes under selection are embedded and arrayed across the genome.