February 1, 2017 at 9:45 pm

Darwin Lecture (& Geology Colloquium) | From Finding Nemo to Finding Patents, Feb. 10

Dr. Adam Summers holding what appears to be shark jaws

Dr. Adam Summers

The Ohio Center for Ecology & Evolutionary Studies and the Geological Sciences Colloquium Series join to present the 2017 Darwin Lecture, featuring Dr. Adam Summers on “From Finding Nemo to finding patents—the natural history of the sea as inspiration” on Friday, Feb. 10, at 4 p.m. in the Baker Center Theater.

Summers is a professor at the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratories, appointed in the Biology Department and in the School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences. Read more about his research.

Abstract: Nature is the driver of inspiration. I will explore the links between natural history and technological innovation. The marine environment is a fruitful place to prospect for inspiration.  Materials and technology from the sea have the advantage of evolving to deal with salt water, fouling conditions, and rough substrate surfaces.  New methods of filtering are inspired by manta rays.  New ways to make suction cups are modeled on fishes. The possibilities are as vast as the sea itself.

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Upcoming Colloquia

David Kidder of Ohio University on “Changing influences on chert formation through the Paleozoic and beyond” on Feb. 17 at 3:05 p.m. in Clippinger 205.

David Jeffery of Marietta College on March 24 at 3:05 p.m. in Clippinger 205.

Cathy Busby of the University of California at Santa Barbara on “Anatomy of a long-lived oceanic arc: Synthesis of three IODP expeditions in the Izu-Bonin-Marianas Arc” on March 31 at 3:05 p.m. in Clippinger 205.


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