Assistant Professor of Biology, Brandon Moore, has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) funding to organize and chair an eleven-speaker reproductive anatomy symposium an trainee poster session titled “The Morphological Diversity of Intromittent Organs” at the Society of Comparative and Integrative Biologists (SICB) in January 2016, Portland, Oregon. He shares this role with his co-chair, Dr. Diane Kelly of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Together, they will lead a series of talks focused on functionally understanding the many ways that males transfer sperm during copulation- a function vital to individual fertility and population stability in species that utilize internal fertilization. Speakers will address the varied influences on the evolution of intromittent organs in both vertebrates and invertebrates, including ecological interactions, competing selective pressures, phenotypic plasticity, sexual conflict, life history, genes and development, and the biomechanics of copulation.
More details can be found here: http://www.sicb.org/meetings/2016/symposia/intromittent.php