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Wofford to host seminar series on genomics

Daylong symposium features geneticists from across the country


SPARTANBURG, S.C.-- Wofford College will bring four highly-respected research biologists to campus on Friday, May 3, for a daylong symposium on evolutionary genomics. Each of the speakers uses cutting-edge genetic techniques to address questions within wide-ranging topics such as conservation and social behavior.

The public is invited to the free event, which will begin at 9:15 a.m. in Leonard Auditorium in Main Building on campus.

“Systematics, Behavior and Natural History of Reptiles in the Age of Genomics” is part of the annual Wofford College Biology Seminar Series and is sponsored by the College’s Department of Biology and the Copperhead Institute.

Scheduled speakers include Dr. Warren Booth of the University of Tulsa, who will speak on “Unraveling the Mysteries of Alternate Reproductive Strategies Using Genetics,” and Dr. Rulon Clark of San Diego State University, presenting his lecture on “Using Genetics to Explore Rattlesnake Mating Systems and Social Structure.” 

Also presenting are Dr. Todd Castoe of the University of Texas on “Multiple Scales of Snake Evolutionary Genomics” and Dr. Hans-Werner Herrmann of the University of Arizona with a lecture titled “An Interstate Runs Through It: Roads as Barriers to Gene Flow in Rattlesnakes.”

The welcome begins at 9:15 a.m. and talks will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., with a break for lunch from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. 

For more information, contact Dr. Chuck Smith at 864-597-4657.

Warren Booth and Rulon ClarkTodd Castoe and Hans-Werner Herrmann