Click on the Darwin Festival Year below for listing of past presenters. 

 

2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018

2000-2009 | 1990-1999 | 1980-1989

 

NAME

TITLE

DATE

2010

Stephen Rich

The origin of human malaria

2/8/10

James Morris

Resolving riddles, explaining enigmas, and probing paradoxes in evolution

2/8/10

Troy Van Voorhis

Improving artificial photosynthesis: anything we can do nature does better

2/8/10

Michael Sorenson

The puzzle of host-specific adaptation in brood parasitic birds

2/9/10

Aaron Bernstein

Darwin and your health

2/9/10

Eric J. Olson

An omnivorous spider parasitizes a classic mutualistic symbiosis, or what I learned by simply collecting things in the tropics

2/10/10

Jonathan Losos

Lizards in an evolutionary tree: studying the evolution of biological diversity in Caribbean lizards

2/10/10

John Donahoe

It’s selection-not turtles-all the way down

2/11/10

Ronald Eastman

Plants as indicators of global change: a report from the frontlines

2/11/10

Jessica H. Whiteside

Rhythms and catastrophes in earth history

2/12/10

David Pilbeam

Hominin origins: new and old perspectives on being upstanding

2/12/10

Roger Hanlon

An evolutionary masterpiece: rapid adaptive coloration in cephalopods

2/12/10

Richard W. Wrangham

Catching fire: how cooking made us human

2/12/10

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2011

 

 

Daniel Brabander

Humans in the built environment: the emerging interface between medical geosciences and public health

2/14/11

Sebastian Velez

Daddy-long-legs and centipedes of Australia and New Zealand: what soil arthropods teach us about the emergence of island faunas

2/14/11

Richard Bailey

Fossils from eastern Massachusetts and the early evolution of animals

2/15/11

Charles A. Nelson

The development and neural bases of face and emotion recognition

2/15/11

Amy Cannon

Green chemistry and biomimicry: towards more sustainable products through inspiration from nature and innovation in the laboratory

2/15/11

Amy Baco-Taylor

Ecology and evolution of deep-sea whale falls

2/16/11

Jeremy DeSilva

Human evolution 140 years after Descent of Man

2/16/11

David C. Palmer

The role of selection in the science of behavior

2/17/11

Cameron Wake

It’s not oil and water: blending climate change solutions with sustainable development in New England

2/17/11

Susan Reverby

The infamous syphilis studies: examining the legacies of medical research in Tuskegee and Guatemala

2/17/11

Kelly Nevin

Wiring microbes to the sun for chemical and fuel production

2/18/11

John W. Metcalfe

The evolution of drug regulation at the Food and Drug Administration

2/18/11

Andrew Berry

The other Darwin: Alfred Russel Wallace

2/18/11

2012

Alynne MacLean

Using science to help the poor: diagnostics for the developing world

2/13/12

Rachel Dutton

Exploring the microbial diversity of cheese

2/13/12

Isaac Wirgin

Rapid evolutionary change in fishes from chemically contaminated estuaries

2/14/12

Richard M. Lerner

Positive youth development: ontogeny in four dimensions

2/14/12

Ted Maney

Alien space invaders attack Massachusetts – an update on marine invasive species

2/15/12

Harriet Washington

Medical apartheid

2/15/12

Barrett N. Rock

Climate change or global warming – fact or fiction? What do the data show?

2/16/12

Oliver J. Rando

You are what your father ate: epigenetic information transfer in mammals

2/16/12

William Cornwell

What is science? A philosophical and historical perspective

2/16/12

Peter Buston

The evolution of animal societies: insights from simple fish societies

2/17/12

Katherine Hinde

Why rhesus monkeys suck: mother's milk and infant development

2/17/12

2013

Zarin Machanda

Sex differences in chimpanzee behavior

2/12/13

Larry Lewis

The geometric changes associated with the evolution of algal cell walls: the road to land plants and complex multicellular life

2/12/13

Robinson W. Fulweiler

The immortal life of nitrogen

2/13/13

Pamela Templer

Effect of winter climate change on northern hardwood forests

2/13/13

Nick Venti

Tiny fossils tell time across the Pacific

2/13/13

Lynn Fletcher

The benefit of buddies: an insect perspective

2/14/13

Christopher Williams

Down to the last drop: climate change and water resources in the American southwest

2/14/13

Seth Horowitz

Acoustics: beyond what it sounds like

2/15/13

Steven D’Hondt

How slow can life go? Lessons from the subsea floor

2/15/13

Mae Taylor

Internal parasites of North Atlantic sharks

2/15/13

2014

Steven Hyman

Genes influence behavior, but it’s not so simple

2/10/14

Gregory Skomal

“Jaws” revisited: new insights into the ecology of the white shark in the North Atlantic”

2/10/14

Joshua Greene

Moral tribes: emotion, reason, and the gap between us and them

2/11/14

Pamela Weathers

Artemisia annua, an effective and simple herbal treatment for malaria and other diseases

2/11/14

Erik Zettler

Life in the "plastisphere": the ecology of plastic marine debris

2/12/14

Jeremy DeSilva

Human evolution: new surprises from South Africa

2/12/14

Paul Kirshen

The reality of climate change: adaptation planning for coastlines

TBA

Sara Seager

Exoplanets and the search for habitable worlds

TBA

Catherine Brown

Rabies: past, present, and future

2/14/14

Lisa Hall

Breakthroughs in genetics: from sex chromosomes to silencing the Down syndrome chromosome

2/14/14

Robyn Hannigan

Something wicked this way comes – what the Permian-Triassic mass extinction tells us about climate change and Earth’s future

2/14/14

2015

Brian Helmuth

The road less travelled: underwater exploration and science in the era of climate change

2/23/15

(rescheduled)

John Stegeman

Global issues in ocean and human health

TBA

Alfred

DeMaria Jr

Ebola, One Health, and evolution in action

TBA

Raymond Bradley

The fierce urgency of now

TBA

Timothy Lu

Engineering computing, diagnostics, and therapeutics with synthetic biology

TBA

Isaiah Gomez

Cures in the ocean: marine natural products drug discovery

2/11/15

Joel Weinstock

The hygiene hypothesis: can exposure to parasitic worms help treat autoimmune diseases?

2/11/15

Jennifer Jackman

Coyotes and bobcats and bears, oh my!: Why public policy matters to wildlife in Massachusetts

2/12/15

Nathan Phillips

What cities can learn from trees

2/12/15

Daniel Erker

How and why do languages change? Insights from Spanish in Boston

2/12/15

Colin Orians

From the farm to the table: How climate change is altering the food we eat

2/13/15

Shop Mallik

Deep genome sequences from more than 100 diverse human populations and their relationship to archaic Hominins

2/13/15

2016

 

 

Samuel Mehr

Why are we musical? On the origins of the human music faculty

4/18/16

(rescheduled)

John Stegeman

Evolving systems of chemical-biological interaction: from oxygen to neurobiology

2/9/16

Pamela Silver

Designing biology for a healthy world

2/9/16

Mark Leckie

A glimpse at the world before the end-Cretaceous mass extinction (66 ma): the Maastrichaian stage, the Inoceramid clam extinction, and ocean acidification

2/9/16

Jayne Yack

There’s a rumble in your jungle: exploring the secret sounds of insects

2/10/16

Randi Rotjan

The Phoenix Islands protected area - a natural laboratory for climate change

2/10/16

Andrew West

Billions and billions of planets: the ubiquity of extrasolar planets and the red dwarfs that (mostly) host them

2/10/16

Hunter King

Skyscrapers for lungs: mechanics of termite colony respiration

3/28/16

(rescheduled)

W. Jeffrey Bolster

The mortal sea: fishing the Atlantic in the age of sail

2/11/16

Holly Dunsworth

Difficult childbirth and helpless babies: not Eve’s fault, but evolution’s

2/11/16

Kevin Griffith

Facebook for microbes: social networking, intercellular communication, and biological espionage

2/12/16

Justin Hollander

The promise of neuroarchitecture

2/12/16

Dyan deNapoli

The great penguin rescue: the inspiring true story of the world’s largest animal rescue

2/12/16

2017

 

 

Daniel Ksepka

March of the fossil penguins

2/16/17

Pendred Noyce

Magnificent minds: remarkable women of science and medicine

2/14/17

Iain Kerr

Why whales – why snotbot?

2/14/17

Elspeth Slayter

(moderator)

The Henrietta Lacks case: the intersection of race, science and ethics (a panel discussion)

2/15/17

William Campbell

River blindness: the story behind its prevention

2/15/17

Thomas Rich

Trilobite eyes and punctuated equilibria

2/15/17

Eve Vogel

Practical policy approaches to river flood resilience in New England: weaving together science, governance, politics and community

2/16/17

Alexandra Rosati

Evolving the human mind

2/16/17

Christopher Reddy

A scientist citizen in the 21st century: what happens when a scientist leaves the comforts of the laboratory and ventures into the arenas of media, politics, and industry

2/17/17

Joyce Zhu

The Flint water crisis: communication science and influencing public discourse using science

2/17/17

Catherine McCusker

How to build a new limb from old cells: applying the lessons learned from regenerating amphibians

2/17/17

2018

 

 

Sandy Macfarlane

An up escalator: the Gulf Stream as a predictor of estuary change?

2/12/18

Todd Zion

The Journey: A case study with Todd Zion and smartcells

2/12/18

James Collins

Synthetic biology: redesigning life

2/12/18

Wendy Garrett

Mechanistic microbiome studies in health and disease

2/13/18

Michael Armstrong

Changing climate – changing fishes: the future of the fauna in the gulf of Maine

2/13/18

Andrew Martinez

The colorful world of New England marine life

2/14/18

Glenn Gaudette

Crossing biological kingdoms – using spinach to regenerate heart tissue

2/14/18

John Hayes

Global change, climate change, and water: the physical and human dimensions of the hydro-social cycle

2/15/18

Nan Jiang

How can we learn from nature? Bioinspiration from beetle elytra and eggshells for innovative designs

2/15/18

Thea Popolizio

Algal forms most beautiful: uncovering seaweed diversity in the Bermuda Islands

2/16/18

Lydia Bourouiba

Mechanistic understanding of disease transmission

2/16/18

Cherie Butts

Hormones and our immune system: how they interact to impact disease

2/16/18

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