Iowa City Darwin Day: Science Fest Events

Kim TallBear

Kim TallBear

Kim TallBear (Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate) (she/her) is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples, Technoscience, and Society, Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta. She is the author of Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science. In addition to studying genome science disruptions to Indigenous self-definitions, Dr. TallBear studies colonial disruptions to Indigenous sexual relations. She is a regular panelist on the weekly podcast, Media Indigena. You can follow her research group at She tweets @KimTallBear. You can also follow her monthly posts on her Substack newsletter, Unsettle: Indigenous affairs, cultural politics & (de)colonization.

Patricia Brennan

Patricia Brennan

Dr. Patricia Brennan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Mt. Holyoke College. Dr. Brennan is a expert in sexual conflict in evolution and the evolution of animal genital morphology and function. Several videos about her studies of the evolution of animal sex can be found here. Dr. Brennan has also been an outspoken advocate for the value of basic science and its often unpredictable societal benefits.

Natalie Mueller

Natalie Mueller

Dr. Natalie Mueller is an archaeologist and paleoethnobotanist who studies plant domestication and the origins of agriculture in North America. An Assistant Professor at Washington University in St. Louis, she is a leading researcher of so-called “lost crops”, plants that were domesticated but subsequently fell out of use. A recent article in The Atlantic covers some of Dr. Mueller’s recent work on sumpweed, one of the North American lost crops.

Schedule of Events

April 7th and 8th, 2023

(all events free and open to the public)

Friday, April 7th

3:30 pm

Studying female morphology to understand genital coevolution in vertebrates.

Dr. Patricia Brennan 101 Biology Building East
4:30 pm

Beyond Inclusion and Reconciliation: Decolonization in Science and Technology.

Dr. Kim TallBear 101 Biology Building East

Saturday, April 8th

10:00 am

The Taming of the Weeds: Investigating the role of behavior and development in plant domestication.

Dr. Natalie Mueller 100 Phillips Hall
10:45 am

Oddball Science: Why studies of weird evolutionary phenomena are crucial

Dr. Patricia Brennan 100 Phillips Hall
11:30 am

The Vanishing Indian Speaks Back: Race, Genomics, and Indigenous Rights

Dr. Kim TallBear 100 Phillips Hall