Leakey Lecture-Human Biogeography: Why We Are, What We Are, Where We Are
James Simpson Theatre
Since Charles Darwin’s 1859 publication of On the Origins of the Species, questions of distribution have fascinated scientists and anthropologists alike. Dr. Harcourt will discuss the principles underlying the distribution, abundance, and appearance of animals which can also explain human biological diversity, global distribution, and cultural variation. He will shed light on the rich and complex ways in which our anatomy, physiology, and cultural diversity vary from region to region.
Born in Kenya, Dr. Alexander Harcourt received degrees from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. After many years studying the behavior and ecology of gorillas, Prof. Harcourt’s research moved to the evolutionary biology of reproduction, and of cooperation, and now his interests have turned to biogeography, including the biogeography of humans. His field research has taken him to the forests of Uganda, Rwanda, Zaire, and S.E. Nigeria. Harcourt also serves on The Leakey Foundation's Scientific Executive Committee.Free with basic admission. Pre-registration encouraged.
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