Learn about mimicry in nature at March 16 talk

David Pfennig holding coral snakeThe Case Western Reserve University Department of Biology and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History will host a public talk on Batesian mimicry Wednesday, March 16, at 7 p.m. in the museum’s Murch Auditorium.

David Pfennig, professor of biology at the University of North Carolina, will present a public talk exploring Batesian mimicry among deadly coral snakes and their lookalikes.

Some of nature’s most spectacular adaptations are examples of Batesian mimicry, which evolve when individuals of a palatable species gain a selective advantage because they resemble a toxic species that predators avoid.

Pfennig’s talk will address the following questions:

  • How does mimicry evolve in the first place?
  • Why is mimicry often imprecise?
  • What role does mimicry play in the origin of new species?

Admission is free for students with a valid CWRU ID and $7 for all others.