Chemical warfare is not limited to human skirmishes. Many plants, animals and fungi also use toxic chemicals as a means for deterring predators, capturing prey, or even outcompeting their neighbors for food or space. Come learn how organisms make (or borrow from others) these chemicals, how the chemicals are used in the natural world, and how the organisms avoid poisoning themselves. We’ll even meet some clever critters who fake being poison by mimicking organisms who are, and others have found ways to evade toxicity and take advantage of underutilized resources.
Our speaker, Dr. Nancy Dalman is a Professor and Department Head of Biology at the University of North Georgia. She received her B.S. degree in biology from Virginia Tech, her M.S. degree in environmental science from Duke University, and her Ph.D. in biology from Stanford University, where she did her research at Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Station. Her research is in environmental toxicology and she teaches marine field courses on Sapelo Island, GA, and Calabash Caye, Belize.