Evolutionary Demography

Vince Eckhart, Waldo S. Walker Professor of Biology, and his colleagues Monica Geber (Cornell University) and David Moeller (University of Minnesota) have received a grant of $450,000 from the National Science Foundation’s Long-Term Research in Evolutionary Biology program for a five-year project, a continuation of a previous five-year grant to the three investigators. By studying Clarkia xantiana, a flowering plant native to California, Eckhart, Geber, Moeller, and their students will investigate how evolutionary adaptation contributes to population size and the geographic range of a species. They will also continue — and expand to Grinnell — a project called Market Science, which connects citizens with research scientists at local farmers’ markets.