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Bruce Experiences: Finding Dragons in the Amazon with Dr. Jessica Ware at Bruce Museum

Bruce Experiences: Finding Dragons in the Amazon with Dr. Jessica Ware

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Bruce Experiences: Finding Dragons in the Amazon with Dr. Jessica Ware Dragonflies and damselflies, representing the insect order Odonata, are among the earliest flying insects with living (extant) representatives. Getting the insects needed for phylogenetic work requires extensive global fieldwork, and I will discuss the state of dragonfly and damselfly biodiversity analyses in the Amazon region. Unraveling details of their long evolutionary history, such as egg-laying (oviposition) strategies, is impeded by unresolved phylogenetic relationships, an issue particularly prevalent in damselfly families and fossil lineages. I present the first transcriptome-based and AHE-based phylogenetic reconstructions of Odonata representing nearly all of the order's families (except Austropetaliidae and Neopetaliidae). Bruce Experiences programs, sponsored by Bank of America, are provided free of charge. Reservations are required.

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Greenwich, Connecticut

203-869-0376


    The Bruce Museum is a regionally based, world-class institution highlighting art, science and natural history in more than a dozen changing exhibitions annually. The permanent galleries feature the natural sciences that encompass regional to global perspectives. 

    The museum was originally built as a private home in 1853. Robert Moffat Bruce (1822-1909), a wealthy textile merchant and member of the New York Cotton Exchange, bought the house and property in 1858 and deeded them to the Town on Greenwich in 1908.