—a Conservation Conversation lecture and book signing
Free and OPEN to ALL. Reservations not required. Parking is free in the Zoo North lot or on the street in Forest Park.
Featured Speakers and Co-authors of, How to Tame a Fox and Build a Dog: Visionary Scientists and a Siberian Tale of Jump-Started Evolution:
Lee Alan Dugatkin, Ph.D., Distinguished University Scholar and Professor of Biology, University of Louisville
Lyudmila Trut, Ph.D., Lead Scientist, Silver Fox Domestication Research Group, and Professor of Evolutionary Genetics, Institute of Cytology and Genetics, Siberian Department of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk
What defines a dog? For the last six decades, a dedicated team of researchers in Siberia have been domesticating silver foxes to replay the evolution of the dog in real time. It’s the longest running experiment in animal behavior. Together, evolutionary biologist and science historian, Lee Dugatkin, along with Lyudmila Trut, the project’s lead scientist since 1959, tell the story of the science, politics, adventure, and love behind one of the most astonishing experiments in breeding ever undertaken — the speeding up of thousands of years of evolution into a few decades in order to witness the process of domestication.
Books available for purchase and signing by the authors following the presentation.