Darwin Day

Darwin Day 2021

All events virtually open to the public.

Activities and teaching resources for K-12 students are available at on our Resources page.


February 10, 2021; 7PM – 8PM

Wednesday Nite @ the Lab

“Viruses as unique and long-lived as their human hosts”

Dr. Moriah Szpara, Pennsylvania State University

Zoom link: https://go.wisc.edu/35kil3

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/OoGxFHJb2eY


February 11, 2021; 12:30PM – 1:30PM

Evolution Seminar Series

“Under the viruverse: Insights and approaches in marine phage research”

Dr. Alexa Garin-Fernandez, Alfred-Wegener-Institute

Zoom link: https://go.wisc.edu/8fo7ls

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/1v4mQ55CN0g


February 15, 2021; 7PM – 8:30PM

Group Watch and Q&A

“The Serengeti Rules”

Q&A with Dr. Sean B. Carroll, VP for Science Education at Howard Hughes Medical Institute


*The Zoom will open at 7PM and we invite audience members to watch “The Serengeti Rules” on their own at https://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/the-serengeti-rules-41dfru/20105/ (free, no registration required) and interact via Zoom chat (please turn off video and audio). Dr. Carroll will join the Zoom at 8PM for a Q&A until 8:30PM.

Participants are also welcome to watch “The Serengeti Rules” beforehand and join the Q&A at 8PM.

Zoom link: https://go.wisc.edu/tgpp7j

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/-h_Mt96QRoA


February 17, 2021; 7PM – 8PM

Wednesday Nite @ the Lab

Lecture and Panel: “The co-evolution of mammals and microbes”


Dr. Jemma Geoghegan, University of Otago

Dr. Aspen Reese, UCSD

Dr. Paul Turner, Yale University

Moderators: Dr. Caitlin Pepperell, UW-Madison,  Dr. Tony Goldberg, UW-Madison.

Zoom link: https://go.wisc.edu/77qbzd

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/X2T3BqN4HSw

As part of our Darwin Day 2020 celebrations, the Crow Institute partnered with the Afterschool Expeditions Program at the Discovery Building to present The Tree of Life activities. There were about 20 stations offering opportunities for members of the public, and particularly K-8 school groups, to explore biological diversity, evolution, and development. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Here are some photos of the Tree of Life activities: