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W: Darwin Day Event: Selection, Sex, & Sport – Michael Lombardo

February 10, 2010
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Sweet House
254 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

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Organized by:
Jennifer Beahan
Phone: 616-698-2342 x801
Email: jbeahan@centerforinquiry.org


Tonight’s event will continue as scheduled. Roads in Grand Rapids are mostly clear and improving. Drive Carefully! Update: 2/10/10 10 am

Join us for our 2010 Darwin Day event. Dr. Michael Lombardo will present Selection, Sex and Sport: The Evolution of Male Athletic Competition.

Sport is a human universal, yet contemporary evolutionary theory has made little effort to provide and evolutionary explanation for this important human behavior. My aim is to develop a theory of sport that is based on Darwin’s theories of evolution by natural and sexual selection. My talk will discuss the evolutionary origins of sports and how and why sport became such an important part of human nature commanding the attention, efforts, and resources of millions of people.

Meetings are open to the Public

After the meeting, join us at Vitale’s Restaurant, 834 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI to socialize. View Map

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About Michael Lombardo, PhD

Professor of Biology, Grand Valley State University

Michael Lombardo is currently a professor of biology at Grand Valley State University. He received his master's degree in Zoology and PhD in Ecology from Rutgers University. Dr. Lombardo is currently on sabbatical working on an evolutionary analysis of the origin of male athletic competition. He is also interested in the evolution of behavior. His research includes examining, both theoretically and empirically, the role of sexually transmitted microbes (e.g., viruses, bacteria, and fungi) in the ecological and evolutionary dynamics of mating systems. Dr. Lombardo's work has been published in the Anatomical Record, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, and Animal Behavior, among others. He is also a member of many Scientific & Professional Societies including the Animal Behavior Society, the International Society for Behavioral Ecology, the Michigan Society of Fellows, and the Society for the Study of Evolution.