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Science on Tap lecture to focus on beauty of flowers

Wednesday, May 21, 2014Rick Miller
by: Rene Abadie

HOW DO YOUR FLOWERS GROW – Southeastern Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Rick Miller will be the featured speaker at the Science on Tap seminar Tuesday, June 3, at 7 p.m. in Hammond. Miller cultivates morning glories in the Biology Building's rooftop greenhouse as a model for his evolutionary research.


HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University's next Science on Tap seminar scheduled Tuesday, June 3, will focus on the beauty and diversity of flowers.

The informal presentation by Southeastern Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Rick Miller – entitled "Why are there so many beautiful flowers?" -- will be held at 7 p.m. at Tope lá Catering, 113 East Thomas St., in Hammond. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the presentation is free and open to all ages.

Miller teaches courses on biology, genetics, evolution, and botany, as well as a summer course on native Louisiana plants. His research interests focus on plant systematics and evolution. He uses morning glories as a model for his evolutionary research, which includes growing them in the Biology Building rooftop greenhouse.

His presentation will be a simple story addressing the question, "Why are there so many beautiful flowers?" We will learn a little bit about evolution and find out that animal pollinators have been very important in the development of the amazing flowering plant diversity."

You are asked to bring a flower to share for this fun presentation.

For more information, contact the Department of Biological Sciences at 985-549-3740.

 


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