Ray Callaway, an ecologist and biology professor at UM, is the next faculty member to speak in the Provost’s Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series at The University of Montana.
Callaway will present “Darwin versus Kropotkin: Just How ‘Red in Tooth and Claw’ is Nature?” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the University Center Theater. The lecture is free and open to the public. An informal reception will follow.
Callaway will look at theories by famous English scientist Charles Darwin, who described nature as “red in tooth and claw,” versus the theories of Russian nobleman Peter Kropotkin, who wrote the book “Mutual Aid.” The lecture will discuss mutualism and competition within nature through the works of these two figures. Callaway will link Darwin’s and Kropotkin’s theories to modern nature.
Callaway primarily focuses his research on how organisms interact with each other, including direct and indirect interactions. Through his work with graduate students, Callaway now explores how exotic invaders become so abundant in non-native lands.
For more information, visit http://www.umt.edu/provost/PDFLS/Callaway.aspx.