Darwin Day: Evolution of Flight – From Butterflies to Birds (Grand Rapids)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Women's City Club, 254 E. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI, View Map

Presented by Matthew Douglas, Professor of Biological Sciences, Grand Rapids Community College


What is a wing? What is flight? What are the advantages of flight, if any? How did the capacity for flight evolve in widely different groups such as insects and birds? What were the adaptations and selective pressures that enhanced the evolution of feathered wings in birds and the evolution of membranous wings in insects?

These and other fascinating questions related to the evolution of flight will be investigated and some surprising answers will be offered to stimulate further audience discussion in what may appear to be a well-established field of evolution. This will be an open forum seminar and questions can be entertained at any time!

About the Speaker

Dr. Matthew Douglas has been teaching for over 30 years, and is currently a Biological Sciences professor at Grand Rapids Community College. He has published a number of research science papers on the topics of science, evolution, psyche, and more. Dr. Douglas’ work with Monarch butterflies has aired on NPR, the BBC, and national TV.

Additional Details

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After the meeting, join us at Vitale's Restaurant, 834 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI to socialize. View Map

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