Spring 2019 BEACON Outreach

Posted May 11, 2019 by Matthew Andres Moreno in Education, Goings-On / 0 Comments

This spring, members of our lab again 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 all the families that came to visit us at Elementary Science Nights and at the MSU Science Fest! Pictured representing our lab are Alex, Austin, Josh, Emily and Mike. Matthew is behind the camera.

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Austin with cards and a figurine from the evolutionary timeline.
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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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