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The health and wellness of our constituents are our top priority, and given the evolving situation with COVID19, this event has been postponed.  New date & time TBA. If you have registered program, we will contact you directly with information regarding the new date/time. We thank you for your cooperation and patience during this challenging time!

Highfield continues “LOOKING UP” in our new environmental science lecture series for Spring 2020!

Highfield Hall & Gardens proudly welcomes the Cape Cod community to gather for our new science lectures on topics that have us “looking up,” and learning about trees, birds, and the stars that surround us. The talks are suitable for people of ALL ages. 

Please join us in welcoming Nipam Patel, Ph.D., Director of the Marine Biological Laboratory, as he continues the series with Insights from Novel Research Organisms: From Crustacean Limbs to the Beauty of Butterflies. Scientists often depend exclusively on so-called model organisms, such as fruit flies, mice, and frogs, for their research.  While investigation of these animals has led to incredible advances in both basic and translational biology, they represent only a tiny slice of the diversity of life on earth.  Dr. Patel will explore questions that can only be addressed by expanding the repertoire of animals that are studied, and illustrate the sorts of fascinating insights that have already emerged from such research.  In particular, he will focus on novel mechanisms of generating stunning colors in butterflies, and in how lobsters and their kin have evolved their swiss army knife approach to leg evolution!

In keeping with current mandates regarding gatherings, and out of concern for individual health and safety, people are invited to an outdoor presentation where social distancing can be sustained.

Lectures are FREE for members & $5 for non-members. 

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Register online today or call 508-495-1878 ext. 2

Dr. Patel grew up in El Paso, Texas, and received an A.B. in Biology from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in Biology from Stanford University. Prior to joining UC Berkeley in 2003, he was a professor of Organismal Biology and Anatomy at the University of Chicago, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, and a Staff Associate in the Department of Embryology at the Carnegie Institution in Baltimore, Md. He joined the MBL in 2018 from University of California, Berkeley, where he was Professor and Co-chair of the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology. He is a leading scholar in modern evolutionary and developmental biology with specific focus on the evolution of body patterning and segmentation, regeneration of the germline, and structural coloration. His scientific expertise encompasses the development of novel, genetic model organisms for biological study, which can reveal much about human biology; and the application of advanced imaging technologies to probe the fundamental dynamics of living systems.


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