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A Revolution in Evolution


Oct 03 2016


12:00 pm - 1:15 pm


Forum for Scholars and Publics

011 Old Chemistry Building, Duke's West Campus Quad

A Revolution in Evolution- Open Science Projects at Duke

A Revolution in Evolution

Open Science Projects at Duke

The scientific practice of sharing information, begun in earnest with the creation of society journals, entered a new epoch with the digital age. Through online open science projects, Duke researchers Karen Cranston and Doug Boyer are extending the potential for sharing data and expanding our knowledge of evolution, from microbes to mammals. Join us as they talk with Duke librarian Elena Feinstein about the motivations behind open science, how their projects (MorphoSource and Open Tree of Life) embody and benefit from openness, and the professional rewards (and challenges) of pursuing open science.

This talk is made possible by the Forum for Scholars and Publics, Duke University Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Services department, and The Edge: The Ruppert Commons for Research, Technology, and Collaboration, which is hosting a series of events at Duke in 2016-2017 on the theme of Open. With presentations, workshops, and project teams focused on open access, data, publishing, research, scholarship, science, and software, the Libraries offer an opportunity for the Duke community to discuss, learn, reflect, and engage in a changing scholarly landscape that promises to expand the traditional boundaries of academia.


Doug Boyer

Duke University

Doug Boyer is an assistant professor at Duke University in the Evolutionary Anthropology department. He earned his PhD from Stony Brook University in 2009 and has been at Duke since 2012. He is interested in the early phases of primate evolutionary history, and how anatomical diversity reflects an evolutionary history…...

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Karen Cranston

Duke University

Karen Cranston is a computational evolutionary biologist in the Department of Biology at Duke University. She is the lead PI of the Open Tree of Life project, which produces a constantly-updating evolutionary tree of all species. The project uses open data, open source software, and motivates community curation of phylogenentic…...

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Elena Feinstein

Duke University

Elena Feinstein is the Librarian for Chemistry and Biological Sciences at Duke, working with researchers, faculty, and students to advance their scholarship. Before joining Duke Libraries in 2013, she was the senior curator of the Dryad data repository. Elena is a passionate advocate for open science and is excited to…...

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