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The Biology of Sexual Conflict

Science Pub RVA

Sexual reproduction is an inherently cooperative venture, but it also sets the stage for intense evolutionary conflicts that arise because males and females differ dramatically in their reproductive interests. UVA biologist Bob Cox walks into a bar for a conversation about Darwin's theory of selection through the lens of sexual conflict theory.


Robert M. Cox, PhD is an evolutionary ecologist whose interests span from comparative endocrinology and physiology to behavioral ecology and evolutionary genetics. His current projects are focused on integrating quantitative genetics, endocrinology, and genomics to study intralocus sexual conflict and life-history tradeoffs.  Bob also likes to draw pictures of birds and brew beer.

What to Expect
A 20-minute talk followed by a spirited Q&A discussion.

Where and When
Tuesday, May 7 • Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. • Program will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will conclude around 8:15 p.m.

The Hof • 2818 West Broad Street  Richmond, VA  23230 • Plan a GRTC bus trip (The hunt for parking in Scott’s Addition can be a challenge.)

No registration • A mix of theatre-style and table-side seating for 120 on a first come basis • Attend for free or donate what you can • $5 suggested • If you’re on Facebook, indicate that you’re going HERE and share the news with friends.

What is Science Pub RVA?

Science Pub RVA is an environment – a place for curious minds and creative thinkers to explore fascinating topics in an environment where no science background is expected. Programs are intentionally informal and designed for adults. Pub is in our name, but sipping a glass of water is common and cool. We’re about enjoying the night’s topic and each other, not about whatever liquids are in hand. Download Science Pub’s full season here and make plans to join us whenever the topic piques your curiosity and your schedule permits.

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