Dr. Paul Maerk, research entomologist at the University of Arizona, Tucson, will introduce the fascinating biodiversity of millipedes - which includes the leggiest animal on the planet, those that squirt toxic cyanide, and species that glow bright green at night - at Millsaps College's 2012 Moreton Lecture on April 12 at 7 p.m. The Moreton Lecture will be held in the Academic Complex, Room 215.
Paul Marek at the UA Insect Collection booth at the Saguaro National Park BioBlitz Biodiversity Festival in Tucson, Arizona
Dr. Marek is a research entomologist at the University of Arizona who studies millipede diversity and the evolution of color. His research has been published in prestigious journals (e.g., Nature and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) and received national media exposure.
Dr. Marek will discuss his research about the evolution of bioluminescence, mimicry rings and other unique (and sometimes downright bizarre) adaptations of millipedes.
"I am interested in millipede evolution and biodiversity. My research is squarely rooted in estimating evolutionary history to provide an informative context to: (1) address fascinating biological phenomena like bioluminescence, and (2) to establish a framework for describing biodiversity."
Motyxia millipede (photo by P. Marek)
The Moreton Lectures were established in 1986 by Robert and Alma Moreton. This series of lectures in the sciences is marked by experts with national reputations. The Moreton Lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Brent E. Hendrixson at 601-974-1413 or firstname.lastname@example.org.