SOMERS — The University of Wisconsin-Parkside College of Natural and Health Sciences presents a Science Night program on the evolutionary link between fish and humans at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Room 103 of Greenquist Hall on the campus at 900 Wood Road, Kenosha. The presentation is “Red Fish, Blue Fish, Me Fish, You Fish” with UW-Parkside assistant professor of biological sciences Dr. Natalia Taft.
Taft said her program answers questions about the transitions from our own evolutionary past.
“Did you know that you belong to a special group of lungfishes?” Dr. Taft asks. “Have you ever wondered about how fins evolved into limbs? Did you know walking evolved before vertebrates ever came onto land? We’ll answer these questions during this program.”
Taft is an evolutionary biologist who studies the changes in structure and function of fish fins over time. She completed her graduate work at UMass Amherst in 2009, and did her post-doctoral work with Dr. Neil Shubin at the University of Chicago. She has been at UW-Parkside since the fall of 2012.
“Red Fish, Blue Fish, Me Fish, You Fish” is free and open to the public. High school and middle school students and faculty with an interest in math and science are encouraged to attend. Admission is free and parking in the Student Center lot is free after 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
Participants can register to win a drawing for Milwaukee Brewers tickets courtesy of Liberty Mutual and purchase raffle tickets to win a $900 Dell laptop computer to be awarded at the program.
For more information, call (262) 595-2172.