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Dr. Janet Lanza

Dr. Janet Lanza is Professor of Biology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She received a B.S. in Biology from the State University of New york at Stony Brook, an M.S. in Zoology from the University of Massachusetts, and a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Connecticut.  At UALR, Dr. Lanza teaches evolution and ecology courses, and collaboratively supervises two scholarship programs and one professional development program for pre-college teachers of mathematics, science, and technology.  She is also an expert in development of inquiry and problem-solving laboratories, as exemplified by her authorship of "New designs for bio-explorations," a lab book for first-year biology courses.  Dr. Lanza also serves as Book Review Editor for Ecology, the flagship journal published by the Ecology Society of America.

Dr. Lanza will speak on the mechanisms of evolution.  She will explain how the forces of evolution (mutation, migration, natural selection, and small population size) can alter populations.  She will provide examples of how these forces impact natural populations of plants, animals, and bacteria.

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