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2018 Darwin Day Lecture: Drying without Dying

2018 Darwin Day Lecture: How do Tardigrades Survive Everything?

Audiences are invited to celebrate International Darwin Day at the ROM with this inspiring annual lecture. International Darwin Day inspires people around the world to reflect and act on the principles of intellectual bravery, perpetual curiosity, scientific thinking, and hunger for truth as embodied in Charles Darwin.

Discovered in 1773, tardigrades, also known as "water bears," are found everywhere on Earth; from the hottest deserts, to Antarctica and even your backyard, these micro-animals survive extreme environments yet remain mysterious. Join Dr. Thomas Boothby, Life Sciences Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of North Carolina, and find out the fascinating information we’ve learned about these puzzling creatures – Charles Darwin would be pleased.

Speaker: Dr. Thomas Boothby

Dr. Thomas Boothby at Hangar 1 - NASA Ames. Mountain View, CA

 A typical tardigrade

Tardigrades are microscopic, multicellular animals that survive a number of abiotic stresses including: desiccation, freezing and boiling temperatures, intense ionizing radiation, and extremes in pressure - including the vacuum of outer space!

Lecture includes post-event reception with 1 host drink.

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Date & Time

  • Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 7:00 - 8:00 pm, Reception to follow


Royal Ontario Museum
Signy and Cléophée Eaton Theatre
Level 1B

Doors Open: 6:30 pm
Lecture: 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Reception to follow lecture.

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