Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology,
C127 Ramaley Hall, University of Colorado-Boulder
Campus Box 334, Boulder, CO 80309-0334
Phone: (402) 370-6749
Fax: (303) 492-8699
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Our group conducts local outreach activities to spread awareness about ongoing research in the lab and to promote public interest in plant evolutionary biology.  These activities communicate how our basic research on the genetics and evolution of plant traits, like pigmentation, help us to understand the origin of biodiversity.  Plant diversity is important not only for the health of our environment, but for our own health.  If you would like us to visit your group or class to share the wonders of flowers, fruits and vegetables, drop us an email!

Fantastic World of Fruit Family Day, CU Museum of Natural History

Sept. 27, 2014, co-sponsored by the Society for the Study of Evolution

Andrea displays colorful anthocyanin and carotenoid pigments.

Lauren gives kids a tour inside fruit cells.

Winnie describes how flowers become fruits with help from pollinators. 

Stacey shares fun tropical fruits.


Stacey discusses plant pigments in our diet and why you should "eat your colors!"

 Photo credit: Cathy Regan. 

Stacey and Sabrina talk about flower and fruit biology at the Kimmel Education and Research Center. 

Sunday with a Scientist at the State Museum

July 15, 2012

Latifa shows how fruits develop from flowers and Julia shares pictures of wild members of the fig family.


Julia walks visitors through fun fruits from around the world, like Japanese eggplant.

Visitors tour our SwaS exhibits.

2012 SwaS team: Latifa, Stacey, Dylan, Angelica, Jay, and Julia

Northeast Upward Bound Program
June 21, 2011

Randi reviews how colorful pigments are extracted from plant tissues.


Stacey supervises pipetting practice.

Sunday with a Scientist at the State Museum
April 17, 2011

Randi and Rachel discuss how anthocyanin pigments give color to red, purple and blue fruits. Anthocyanins also have health benefits for humans.

Stacey introduces some exotic fruits, such as dragon fruit (Mexico, Central and South America) and durian (Brunei, Malaysia and Indonesia).

Nathan explains how plants often depend on bats, birds or insects to pollinate their flowers.

Daniela supervises an obstacle course in which "pollinators" attempt to drop their "pollen grain" into a paper flower for a prize.