Science Presentation to Use Language of Dance at UM

February 26, 2018

A fiddler crabMISSOULA – A free scientific presentation at the University of Montana on Friday, March 2, will use the language of dance to highlight biodiversity.

Titled “Beautiful Weapons and the Diversity of Life,” the public event is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall of UM’s Music Building. It will be presented by the Gonzaga University Repertory Dance Co. and GU biology faculty member Brook Swanson. Together they are touring university science and performing arts departments in the Pacific Northwest this spring.

Swanson is a colleague of UM biology Professor Doug Emlen, who studies animal weaponry. Emlen’s research recently was featured in a 2017 BBC documentary titled “Nature’s Wildest Weapons,” and Swanson is an expert on the claws of fiddler crabs.

“This is a nontraditional scientific presentation, but I think it will be wonderful,” Emlen said. “I hope the public and our students turn out for this unique event.”


Contact: Doug Emlen, UM biology professor, 406-243-2535,; Susanne Ostersmith, , Gonzaga University Repertory Dance Co. dance director,