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Distinguished Professor Lecture — Dr. Rachel M. Bowden
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Sex (Determination) but Were Afraid to Ask
Professor Bowden will introduce you to the variety of ways that animals determine the sex of their offspring, focusing on temperature-dependent sex determination and the basis for why it exists and persists in reptiles.
Professor Bowden will then highlight some of the major findings from her group’s work: (i) what we have learned about the respective roles of the female and the embryo in modulating the embryonic environment during early development, and (ii) how, by mimicking natural environmental variation in the laboratory, we can come to a better understanding of temperature-dependent sex determination.
Bowden will finish by discussing what future changes in climate may hold for the animals with this mode of sex determination.