Darwin Keynote

Double Helix Day

Double Helix day is in recognition of the discovery of the shape of DNA. It honors James Watson, Francis Crick, Rosalind Franklin, and Maurice Wilkins. This discovery has lead scientists in a quest to identify and understand an organism’s genome.

Tuesday 21 April 2009
Seminar begins at 4pm in S012
(cookies at 3:30)

"Genetics in the Wild"
John Avise 4th Annual Double Helix Speaker
Dr. John Avise

University of California at Irvine

Dr. John Avise is a renowned evolutionary geneticist and is a Distinguished Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of California at Irvine. Dr. Avise is widely known as the founding father of phylogeography, the scientific study of the geographic distribution of genetic lineages within species.

A dominant figure of his generation in pioneering the use of molecular genetic techniques for studying the evolutionary relationships among animal populations and species, Avise has addressed important questions in his research about species conservation and impacted the way policy decisions about conservation are made. He also pioneered the use of mitochondrial DNA to study the evolution of animals and has used DNA to determine whether some birds and animals make up genetically distinct groups that deserve federal protection as endangered species.

To learn more about Dr. Avise's research visit her laboratory at

Past Speakers

2008, Dr. Teri Lear

2007, Dr. Ripan Malhi

2006, Dr. Loren Rieseberg