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Noted evolutionary biologist to speak, Oct. 8

Ehrlich, who has been an influential force in the fields of evolutionary biology and environmental policy for many years, will deliver the inaugural lecture in this year's Public Lectures Series on Monday, Oct. 8.

Ehrlich, the Bing Professor of Population Studies at Stanford University, will speak on "Human Natures: Genes, Cultures and the Human Prospect" at 8 p.m. in McCosh 10. The talk, which is designated the J. Edward Farnum Lecture, is free and open to the public.

The lecture will focus on "human cultural and genetic evolution, with special emphasis on the myth that most of our interesting behavior is genetically programmed." He also will address the origins of ethics and the need for more highly developed environmental ethics.

Ehrlich's work in evolutionary biology has been centered on understanding the structure, dynamics and genetics of butterfly populations. The author of the "The Population Bomb," he also has been a strong advocate of protecting against overpopulation and natural resource degradation. His lecture shares its title with his most recent book, published in 2000.

Ehrlich is a recipient of the Crafoord Prize of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, a MacArthur Prize and the Volvo Environmental Prize, among many other honors.

The lecture will be Webcast, which can be viewed by clicking here .

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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