Joan Wood Lecture Series – March 2

Biology welcomes home IU alumna Bronwyn Heather Bleakley who will present this year’s Joan Wood Lecture.


Bleakley will give her talk—”The company you keep matters: Exploring the evolutionary genetics of guppy cooperation at a teaching-intensive undergraduate institution”—on Wednesday, March 2, at 4:00 p.m. in Myers Hall 130 on the IU Bloomington campus.

Heather Bleakley, associate professor of biology at Stonehill College, explores the genetic component of social behavior, including predator avoidance and cooperation, using guppies as a model species. She also uses invertebrates to understand the genetics and role of social selection on cannibalism. A gifted educator, Dr. Bleakley works to provide substantive research experiences to diverse, often at-risk, undergraduate students by offering the opportunity to conduct independent research designed to help launch careers in health, science, technology, engineering, and math. Visit her website at to learn more.


The Joan Wood Lecture Series ( ) provides a forum for undergraduates and graduate students to interact with women in science-related careers. Designed to encourage undergraduate women to pursue advanced degrees in science, the series showcases the many career opportunities available to science majors. Before her death in 1990, Dr. Wood was a strong advocate of women in the sciences and remained active in educational programs within the IU Department of Biology. Memorial contributions made in her honor helped establish this lecture series.