Evolution in Extreme Environments


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The focus for 2009's symposium is evolution in four distinct extreme environments: high altitude, extreme cold, darkness, and high pressure. How organisms survive, and even thrive, under these conditions is fascinating, but understanding adaptations that allow life under extreme conditions also provides insight about physiological systems that have evolved in more commonly encountered, moderate conditions. Our four speakers this year provided examples of how evolution yields organisms adapted to these harsh environmental conditions. Their presentations are available below. Educational resources relevant to each presentation are available through the online version of the symposium CD.
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