Patricia (Patty) Brennan is interested in the morphological evolution of genital morphology in vertebrates and the mechanisms that drive genital diversification, sexual conflict in particular. She has a BSc in Marine Biology from her native Colombia, where she studied the cardiac physiology of marine mammals. She went on to work in the Galapagos Islands aboard a research vessel (R/V Odyssey). Brennan completed her PhD dissertation at Cornell University, where she studied the breeding biology and reproductive system of the Great Tinamou (Tinamus major), a basal bird from South America related to the ostrich. During this time she developed an interest in post-copulatory selection in birds and went on to do her post-doctoral work on genital and sperm traits in ducks. Her current interests have expanded to understanding genital evolution in vertebrates, in particular examining female genital morphology and coevolution. She worked as a research professor at UMass Amherst before joining the faculty at Mount Holyoke College.
Brennan’s research has received much media attention. She is deeply interested in public outreach and education and is an advocate (in print and lectures) of the importance of science communication and the defense of basic science.
This talk is part of the 2023 Iowa City Darwin Day Science Fest events, an annual series of talks and public lectures to celebrate the contributions of science to society. All events are free and open to the public.
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