Assistant Professor of Biology David Angelini presented two invited seminars in April, one at the University of Rochester and another at the University of Montana. Titled “Eco-evo-devo and morphogenomics: The integrative biology of wing polyphenism in a true bug,” these presentations relayed Angelini’s recent work into the environmental and genetic causes and evolutionary consequences of multiple developmental outcomes in soapberry bugs, an insect living in close association with urban expansion in the southern United States.

Angelini has also developed a website and citizen science outreach program, Bugs in Our Backyard, that engages K-12 students throughout the United States and includes a partnership with the New York City Department of Education’s afterschool programs. Angelini also uses the website as a vehicle for Colby students to write about science for a public audience.