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Adriana D. Briscoe - “The evolution of coloration and color. ..

November 2, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm (Passcode: 730159)

Adriana Briscoe is a Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. She specializes in research questions at the intersection of sensory physiology, color vision, coloration, animal behavior, molecular evolution, and genomics. Briscoe is known for studies of how color vision impacts ecological interactions between butterflies, host plants, and the environment, in the context of mimicry and species recognition. Her discoveries have been featured on television and in museums both in the U.S. and in Europe. She has written and spoken about the importance of teachers in developing scientists, and the need for increased funding for Black, Indigenous, Latino, and people of color teacher training in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in order to create a more just and diverse scientific workforce. She is a member of the California Consortium for the Earth BioGenome Project where she is leading the sequencing of several butterfly genomes for conservation purposes. Briscoe is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Royal Entomological Society, and the California Academy of Sciences, and was honored with the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science.

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