We’re getting REALLY excited about the upcoming meeting on the Evolution of the Indoor Biome. Thirty scholars representing many disciplines — from art and anthropology to epidemiology, and entomology — will convene June 10-13 in Durham, NC, at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center. Their charge: To develop concepts and a suite of preliminary hypotheses to frame our understanding of the evolution of the species we spend the most time alongside in the domestic environment (whether those species be microbes or fungi, arthropods, vertebrates or plants).
Over the last few weeks we’ve tried to pique your interest in the evolution of the indoor biome with a series of guest blog posts on everything from houseplants to whisky fungus to ant nests.
Today we point to another by evolutionary biologist Sarah Hird who has worked on everything from the love lives of chipmunks to the ancient divergences of carnivorous plants. Here, she asks: “Where’d you get that fungus?”
Other posts in this series:
- The Future of Domestic & Urban Evolution – Rob Dunn
- Where There’s Heat, There Are Cockroaches – Craig McClain
- The Secret (and Ancient) Lives of Houseplants – Laura Martin
- Top 10 Ways An Ant’s House is Similar to Your House – Clint Penick
- The Unresolved Mysteries of the Mold in Your House – Rachel Adams
- Genomics of the Ratopolis – Jason Munshi-South
- Dogs Make Me (and You) Wild: Ten Effects of Dogs on Dog People – Rob Dunn
- Not All the Bugs in Your Home Are Bad – Corrie Moreau
On a final note: many of the soon-to-be-assembled are avid tweeters so you can count on a good bit of discussion taking place online – follow the meeting with the Twitter hashtag #indoorevol.
And of course, keep your eyes on the blog for follow-up posts after the meeting.
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