UCL Division of Biosciences


CDB Seminar - Dr Karen Sears, UCLA

09 September 2021, 5:00 pm–6:00 pm

Karen E Sears

Title: Novel traits and long lives: Insights from bats

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Michael Wright – Cell and Developmental Biology

Host: Susan Evans

Abstract: Through the evolution of novel wing structures, bats (Order Chiroptera) became the only mammalian group to achieve powered flight. This achievement proceeded the group's dramatic increase in longevity and massive adaptive radiation into diverse ecological niches. As a result, today’s bats exhibit diverse flight styles, the broadest range of dietary adaptations of any mammalian group, comprise 20% of mammalian species, and are, in many cases, extremely long-lived. My lab is investigating the developmental mechanisms through which bats arose and then diversified. In this talk, I will discuss two of the systems we are studying in this regard: bat wings and longevity.

Zoom: https://ucl.zoom.us/j/95235271228?pwd=UDBrc1lBVW5wQ1dsK1N5VXFIU2J0UT09

About the Speaker

Dr Karen Sears

Department Chair Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCLA

Karen is interested in the developmental mechanisms driving morphologic diversification in mammals, and in using non-model mammals as “natural mutants” to investigate questions of import to human health.

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