Developmental Plasticity and the “Hard-Wired” Problem

This field course is about biodiversity.

But, what is biodiversity?

Simply put, it’s the number of species in an area, or number of biomes across the globe, or the genetic variation in a population.

Genetic sequencing and “barcoding” have become an important tool in describing biodiversity.

This blog, by Professor Patrick Clarkin of UMass, Boston, discusses the complex interaction between genes and the environment, and how important phenotypic plasticity is in the real world.

You’re going to see some of this complexity and variability in the field next week.

Developmental Plasticity and the “Hard-Wired” Problem.


It’s a good, but long read!

Dawn Bazely


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