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Friday, May 14, 2010
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Spider Silk: A 400 Million Year Experiment in Evolutionary Science (CMNH Explorer Lecture)

Dr. Todd A.Blackledge, biologist, University of AkronFri, May 14, 2010, 7:30 pm Conservation Award

Dr. Blackledge heads the Silk Biomechanics and Spider Behavior Lab at the University of Akron. His research focuses on the interface between animal behavior, evolutionary processes, and materials science. He studies web weaving spiders because these spiders provide unique opportunities to integrate behavioral research across many levels of biological organization - from the DNA that codes for silk proteins to the biomechanical properties of silk threads to the function of webs spun from those silk threads.

Dr. Todd A.Blackledge, biologist, University of AkronFri, May 14, 2010, 7:30 pm Conservation Award Dr. Blackledge heads the Silk Biomechanics and Spider Behavior Lab at the University of Akron. His research focuses on the interface between animal behavior, evolutionary processes, and materials science. He studies web weaving spiders because these spiders provide unique opportunities to integrate behavioral research across many levels of biological organization - from the DNA that codes for silk proteins to the biomechanical properties of silk threads to the function of webs spun from those silk threads.

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