Welcome to the Crow Institute

The J.F. Crow Institute for the Study of Evolution is a cross-college institute whose mission is to foster multidisciplinary research to address complex biological problems facing society, and to improve public understanding of evolution through education and outreach. 

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Darwin Day 2020

We celebrated Darwin Day 2020 through multiple events Feb. 10-13. Many thanks to Maria Orive (U Kansas) for joining us and speaking in our Evolution Seminar Series and Wednesday Nite @ the Lab!



Some photos from Darwin Day, including Tree of Life Activities which encouraged children and adults alike to explore evolution activities, a poster sessions which gave Crow researchers the ability to present the research being done here at UW-Madison, and two presentations by our esteemed guest Dr. Maria E. Orive from the University of Kansas. There were an estimated 145 school-aged children that participated, and our guest speaker was a huge success. Dr. Orive even shared her personal story of meeting Dr. James Crow as a young grad student.


The application for Spring 2020 seminars is closed. For more information about the seminars, please look here.


Schedule for Spring 2020 Evolution Seminar Series


Many thanks for the support that makes all our activities possible:

Core support has come from the the College of Letters and Sciences and the Department of Genetics – our administrative home.  In addition we have received generous sponsorship from:

  • Department of Anthropology
  • Department of Bacteriology
  • Department of Biochemistry
  • Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics
  • Department of Botany
  • Department of Entomology
  • Department of Forest & Wildlife Ecology
  • Department of Geoscience
  • Department of Philosophy
  • University Lectures Committee
  • Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers
  • Other friends of science and reason