Welcome to the Crow Institute

The J.F. Crow Institute for the Study of Evolution is a cross-college institute whose mission is to foster multidisciplinary research to address complex biological problems facing society, and to improve public understanding of evolution through education and outreach. The current director is Professor of Genetics Nicole Perna.

Fall 2015 Evolution Seminar Series schedule.


Summer 2015 Events and Activities


Spring 2015 Events and Activities

  • Biology-Evolution Option Majors Graduation Celebration - May 16, 2015
  • Science Expeditions Exploration Station - March 22, 2015
  • K-12 Teacher Workshop at Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers - March 5-7, 2015
  • Darwin Day - February 12, 2015
  • Evolution Seminar Series (every Thursday at noon, room 1360 Genetics/Biotech)
  • Family Science Nights at Local Elementary and Middle Schools (various dates throughout spring semester)

Many thanks for the support that makes our 2015 activities possible:

Core support comes from the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the College of Letters and Sciences and the Department of Genetics - our administrative home.  In addition we are enabled by sponsorship from:

  • Department of Bacteriology
  • Biotechnology Center
  • Department of Botany
  • DNAStar
  • Department of Forest & Wildlife Ecology
  • Lectures Committee
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers
  • Anonymous friends of science



Core funding support provided by:
  • College of Agriculture and Life Science
  • College of Letters and Science
  • School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Laboratory of Genetics

Other 2014 sponsoring units:

  • Biotechnology Center
  • Department of Bacteriology
  • Department of Biochemistry
  • Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics
  • Department of Botany
  • Department of Entomology
  • Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology
  • Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology 
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Department of Zoology
  • Genome Center of Wisconsin
  • DNASTAR, Inc.
  • Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers

Video introduction to the Crow Institute by founding director, David Baum.