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Upcoming Speakers

International Darwin Day Celebration with Sean Carroll & Beth Shapiro

February 12, 2020

The fossil record is punctuated by episodic diversications and cautionary extinctions. But what are the natural and societal consequences of resurrecting the extinct? And how can the “rules” of life help to preserve today’s diversity into tomorrow? Join us for our Darwin Day speaker double feature and witness the indelible imprint of evolution and selection on today’s biodiversity.

Free to the public. Food and drink will be served at the ice-breaker.

To RSVP, please follow this link ( or email

University Park Campus, Taper Hall (THH) 101
Doors open @ 7p | Presentation @ 7:30p

PRC Seminar Series: Leslea Hlusko, PhD, "Discerning the genetic evolutionary history of the mammalian dentition"

March 24, 2020

Campus location TBD. More details soon ...

Time: 12-1pm

17th Annual Southern California Geobiology Symposium

April 04, 2020

This year, USC will host the 17th Annual SoCal Geobiology Symposium on Saturday, April 4, 2020.

For more details and how to register, please visit:

PRC Seminar Series: Fernando Abdala, PhD "We Are Family: The Foundation of Mammals"

April 23, 2020

Campus location TBD. More details soon ...

Time: 12-1pm

PRC Seminar Series: Habiba Chirchir, PhD, "How does behavior influence bone morphology? Insights from hominins and canids"

May 05, 2020

Campus location TBD. More details soon ...

Time: 12-1pm

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Past Seminar Speakers


Darwin Day Guests

2019 Kenneth Lacovara, PhD "Why Dinosaurs Matter"

Dean & Professor, School of Earth & Environment, Rowan University

2018 Neil Shubin, PhD "Finding Your Inner Fish"

Robert R. Bensley Professor of Organismal Biology & Anatomy, University of Chicago

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2019 Ashley Dineen, PhD

University of California Museum of Paleontology, Berkeley

2019 Randall Irmis, PhD

University of Utah & Natural History Museum of Utah, Salt Lake City

2019 Lars Schmitz, PhD

WM Keck Science Department, Claremont-McKenna College, Claremont

2019 Eric Scott

Cogstone R.M.I., Orange

2019 Alexis Mychajliw, PhD

La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, Los Angeles

2019 Chris Kirk, PhD

Department of Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin

2019 Shane Campbell-Staton, PhD

Institute for Society and Genetics, University of California, Los Angeles

2018 Rebecca Terry, PhD

Integrative Biology Department, Oregon State University, Corvallis

2018 Gale Sinatra, PhD

Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California, Los Angeles

2018 Rachel Racicot, PhD

WM Keck Science Department, Claremont-McKenna College, Claremont

2018 Brian Atkinson, PhD

Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence

2018 Andrew Farke, PhD

Augustyn Family Curator, Raymond Alf Museum & Webb Schools, Claremont

2018 Marcelo Sanchez-Villagra, PhD

Department of Paleontology and Paleontology Museum, University of Zurich

2018 Christopher Campisano, PhD

Institute of Human Origins, Arizona State University, Tempe

2017 Brian Switek

Science Writer, Scientific American Laelaps Blog

2017 Terryl Whitlatch

Imagination International Inc.

2017 Karen Sears, PhD

University of California, Los Angeles

2017 Elizabeth Rega, PhD

College of Osteopathic Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences

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