Dr. Foster is a Professor of Biology and the Warren Litsky
Endowed Chair in Biology at Clark
Second President-Elect of the Animal Behavior Society, and editor of the books The Evolutionary Biology of the Threespine
Stickleback (with Michael Bell) and
Geographic Variation in Behavior: Perspectives on Evolutionary Mechanisms
(with John Endler). Dr. Foster's research focuses the role of ancestral
phenotypic plasticity in the evolution of the post-glacial adaptive radiation
of the threespine stickleback fish.
Dr. Schwartz is a Professor of Biological Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh and President
of the World Academy of Art and Science. Dr. Schwartz's books include
The Red Ape:
Orangutans and Human Origins, What the Bones Tell Us,
and Sudden Origins: Fossils, Genes, and the Emergence of Species. As a systematist working with skeletal biology and dentition,
is interested in the research and theory underpinning our understanding
of the origin and significance of morphological novelty.
Dr. Turner is an Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary
Biology at Yale University and Chair of the American Society for
Microbiology’s Division R. Dr. Turner is the recipient of the Top
Ten Emerging Scholars Award from Diverse Issues in Higher Education
and a Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty from the Woodrow
Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. He is interested in the ecology
and evolution of infectious diseases and the use of laboratory
populations of microbes as models to address these topics.
Dr. Wittkopp is an Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary
Biology at the University of Michigan and a recipient of an Alfred P.
Sloan Research Fellowship, a March of Dimes Basil O’Connor
Starter Scholar Research Award, and a Damon Runyon Cancer Research
Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. She is interested in understanding
genetic basis of development, evolution and disease,
with an emphasis on the molecular mechanisms controlling gene
expression. Her laboratory uses the Drosophila pigmentation as a model system for understanding the genetic basis of phenotypic evolution.
Dr.Chabora is a Professor of Biology at Queens College who
studies the biology of parasitic wasps belonging to the
families Cynipidae and Braconidae that attack the larvae of Drosophila “fruit” fly species. His interests include host selection, host resistance and parasitoid
survival, parasitoid longevity and reproductive parameters, parasitoid
sex ratios and mating behaviors.
Mr. Darwin was an English naturalist, a recipient of the
Royal Medal, the Wollaston Medal and the Copley Medal, and was elected Fellow
of the Royal Society. Mr. Darwin's books include On the Origin of Species by
Means of Natural Selection, The Voyage of the Beagle, The Descent of Man and
Selection in Relation to Sex and The Formation of Vegetable Mould Through the
Action of Worms. Mr. Darwin's work demonstrated that all species of life have
evolved over time from common ancestors through the process he called natural