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University of Minnesota Prof to present evolutionary biology seminar

November 14, 2007
CONTACT: Muir Eaton, 515-271-2821,;

Tory Olson, 515-271-1834,

Robert Zink, professor in ecology, evolution and behavior at the University of Minnesota, will present, "The Role of Species Concepts in Evolutionary Biology" Friday, Nov. 16, as part of Drake University's Science Colloquium Series.

The seminar, which is free and open to the public, will start at 3 p.m. in room 206 in Olin Hall, 27th and Forest Avenue.

"These are exciting times to be in systematics and evolutionary biology," said Zink, who is also the Breckenridge Chair in Ornithology and Curator of Birds at the Bell Museum of Natural History. "The integration of molecular methods and phylogenetic principles has revolutionized our ability to reconstruct phylogenetic relationships and understand evolutionary processes."

For more information, contact Muir Eaton, assistant professor of biology, at