Spring 2018 BEACON Outreach

Posted April 10, 2018 by Matthew Andres Moreno in Education, Goings-On / 0 Comments

We wrapped up our last outreach event representing BEACON last weekend. Members of our lab teamed up with other BEACON friends to share

  • clip birds: learning about how form relates to function by foraging for different-sized seeds with different-sized beaks (i.e. different clothespins)
  • hominid skulls: how do the different skull morphologies relate to function and how can we see differences between organisms?
  • geckos: Travis brought live Crested and Leopard geckos to compare and contrast their adaptations… how can we tell that the geckos came from different environments?
  • giant evolutionary timeline: learning about the different animals that lived across evolutionary time.

Thanks to these schools for hosting us and all the families that came to visit! We’re looking forward to more outreach in the fall. Until then, here are some shots of the BEACON crew in action at this spring’s elementary science nights and the MSU Science Festival. Pictured representing our lab are Alex, Matthew, and Mike.

(Almost) everyone likes to pet the geckos.
(Almost) everyone likes to pet the geckos.
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Matthew Andres Moreno

I am a doctoral student at the Michigan State University Department of Computer Science and Engineering. My research interest is in using digital evolution techniques to investigate scientific questions about evolution. I am currently investigating the relationship between plasticity and evolvability as well as major evolutionary transitions.

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