Pamela S. Soltis, curator of the Laboratory of Molecular Systematics and Evolutionary Genetics at the Florida Museum of Natural History, will speak at the John Tanner Lectureship Series Thursday, March 29, at 7 p.m. in the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum auditorium. Admission to the lecture will be free, and the public is welcome to attend. Soltis will address "The Origin of Species: Examples from the Plant Genus Tragopogon." Soltis' research interests include angiosperm phylogeny, polyploidy and conservation genetics. Since receiving her education at the University of Kansas, Soltis has served on the Councils of the Society for the Study of Evolution, the American Society of Plant Taxonomists and the American Genetics Association.
She is also the associate editor for "Evolution" and "Systematic Biology" and serves as the president of the Society of Systematic Biologists. For more information, contact Patty Jones at (801) 422-5053.
Writer: Elizabeth Kasper