Chloe Lee Rowlands
What’s So Special About the Birds and the Bees?
Mentor: Dr. Thor Veen
What’s so special about the birds and the bees? The forces that drive evolution can be broken into two categories: Natural Selection and Sexual Selection. This keystone examines the latter, and considers how animal mating behaviors evolved and how they, in turn, drive evolution. Sex and reproduction are complicated, and examining their complexities can teach us about how and why evolution happens. Even those who believe themselves to be “not science people” want to know how and why, for example, the male honeybee explodes during sex— this keystone presentation will work to answer those questions and remind viewers how exciting science can be.
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