Unnatural Selection: How we are changing life, gene by gene
Emily Monosson, PhD, Environmental Toxicologist and Adjunct Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Wednesday, January 28, 7:00–8:30pm Hunnewell Building
Weeds. Bed bugs. Gonorrhea. Salamanders. People. All are evolving, some surprisingly rapidly, in response to our chemical age. Emily Monosson, toxicologist and author of Unnatural Selection, shows how our drugs, pesticides, and pollution are exerting intense selection pressure on all manner of species. And we humans might not like the result. Exploring contemporary evolution, Monosson examines the species that we are actively trying to beat back, from agricultural pests to life-threatening bacteria, and those that are collateral damage—creatures struggling to adapt to a polluted world, and shows how environmental stressors are leaving their mark on plants, animals, and possibly humans for generations to come. Register »
Winter Wellness Walks
Sundays: Jan. 11, Feb. 8, Mar. 8, 1:00-1:45pm
Location: Hunnewell Building
Great scenery and exercise, who could want more? Take a brisk walk this winter and stay healthy and connected to the Arboretum at a time when the landscape is pared down to its beautiful bones. Wellness walks emphasizes fitness, with a healthy dose of information on seasonal highlights. Winter tours are geared to adults and led by trained Arboretum docents.
This activity is free. Registration is requested. Register »
Start planning for Lilac Sunday now as the landscape nestles into its winter slumber. Our annual event will take place on Sunday, May 10, 2015.