Arizona State University’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences hosts Dr. Timothy Alexander Mousseau this week for a discussion on what evolutionary biology can learn from nuclear disasters such as Chernobyl and Fukushima. The talk will take place at ASU’s West campus on Thursday, April 30 at 3:00 p.m. in CLCC 256.
Professor Timothy Mousseau received his doctoral degree in 1988 from McGill University. He is currently a professor at the University of South Carolina in the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Mousseau has published over 160 scholarly articles and has edited two books.
Dr. Mousseau’s primary areas of research include the basis of adaptive variation and the evolution of maternal effects. Dr. Mousseau and his colleagues have explored the ecological as well as evolutionary consequences of radioactive contaminants affecting birds, insects and people who inhabit the Chernobyl region of Ukraine; and more recently, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. Their research suggests that many species of plants and animals experience direct toxicity and increased mutation loads as a result of exposure to radionuclides in these areas. Data suggests that this mutation load has dramatic consequences for future survival in various species.
Dr. Mousseau’s talk is a great opportunity for New College students to learn and ask questions about environmental influences on evolutionary biology. It is also a great opportunity to network!
ALL MAJORS ARE WELCOME. So come join us for Dr. Timothy Mousseau’s talk on April 30 at 3:00 p.m. in CLCC 256.
If you would like to read additional information about Dr. Mousseau’s book publications, awards or upcoming seminars, please visit http://cricket.biol.sc.edu/mousseau/mousseau-cv.pdf
Written by Genesis Cisneros and Jessica Billeb