ABERDEEN, S.D. – If you’re curious about the life-history patterns of oysters, a seminar that will be offered at Northern State University on Monday by a visiting biologist/professor might be for you.
Dr. Eric Cole
of St. Olaf College will present “The Evolution of Reproductive Strategies in the Scaly Pearl Oyster on San Salvador Island, Bahamas” (or “13 years and not one blasted pearl!”) at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, in Mewaldt-Jensen 204.
Dr. Cole’s research looks into varying changes in oyster life-history patterns, thought to be induced in part by the influence of hurricanes on ponds in which the oysters reside. Specifically, oysters in some ponds seem to exhibit sex-reversal changes, which appear to be correlated with severity of hurricane impact.
His talk will be hosted by NSU instructor Dr. Alyssa Anderson’s
vertebrate biology class, but all interested members of the university community and the public are welcome to attend.