Colloquium: Kramer on the developmental genetics of columbines’ freaky floral forms

Dr. Kramer (Harvard University website)

This week’s seminar in the Biology Colloquium series, supported by the URISE/Bridges to PhD programs, features Elena Kramer, the Bussey Professor and Chair of the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. Dr. Kramer studies the evolution of flowers’ shapes, particularly the ways in which changes to developmental genes and gene expression result in new floral forms. Her talk, “Exploring the genetic basis of floral novelty in columbines”, will focus on the development of unique nectar spurs in flowers of the genus Aquilegia.

Because CSUN has suspended large in-person meetings to help slow the transmission of the novel coronavirus, this week’s Colloquium will be presented by videoconference on the Zoom service. You can watch the presentation on Friday at 2pm via this meeting link, with passcode 8596. (Following the link may prompt the installation of the Zoom app in order to display video.)

Header image: A western columbine (Aquilegia formosa) flower. (Flickr: Jeremy Yoder)