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.

Darwin Day 2015:  Islands and Isolation - February 12, 2015

Please join us for the 2015 Darwin Day Celebration with evolution themed events for educators, researchers and students of all ages!  We thank our sponsors (listed below) and volunteers for making this event possible.


10:00 am – Noon       Evolution Education Dialogue (Biotechnology/Genetics Building)

Noon – 1:00 pm         Jonathan Pauli (Forest and Wildlife Ecology): Evolution Seminar Series (Rm 1360 Biotechnology/Genetics Building)

2:30 pm – 5:15 pm     Tree of Life Family Activity (Discovery Building, Town Center)

5:45 pm – 6:45 pm     Anne Yoder (Duke University), Keynote Presentation: “Madagascar’s lemurs as a unique evolutionary experiment” - (Discovery Building, DeLuca Forum)  - special thanks to UW-Madison Lectures Committee

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm     Movie Night: “Jurassic Park” (Union South, Marquee Theatre)

9:00 pm – 10:00 pm   Post-Movie Discussion (Union South, The Sett)

 Get involved by contacting Quinn Langdon.



Spring 2015 Evolution Seminar Series schedule.


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.