The 2021 Darwin Festival, sponsored by the SSU Department of Biology, was held virtually between February 8th-12th.

Major funding for the Darwin Festival has been provided by the Charles Albert Read Trust Fund, the Student Government Association through the Biological Society and the Scuba Club, the Keville-DePalma Darwin Festival Endowment Fund, the Salem State University Administration, contributions from Academx, and other individual contributions.

Darwin Festival Committee: Ryan Fisher (Coordinator), Juditha C. A. Burchsted, Jennifer Carr, Susan M. Case (emerita), Ethel Gordon, Laura Laranjo, Jason Brown, Paul Kelly, Tess Killpack, Thea Popolizio, Sheila Schreiner, T. Nelson Scottgale, Alan Young (emeritus).

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Environment x Everything Interactions: From Protein Evolution To The Stories Of Us

C. Brandon Ogbunu, Yale University

Dr. Ogbunu is interested in the complex interactions underlying disease, across multiple scales, from the molecular to the population.


Environmental And Physiological Regulators Of Symbiosis In Reef-Building Corals

Hanny E. Rivera, Boston University

Dr. Rivera is interested in how reef-building corals respond to environmental changes at the molecular level, in particular, the symbiotic relationship between the corals and their algal partners.


Highlights From The Northeast Chapter Of Fourth National Climate Assessment: Implications For Natural Hazards

Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux, University of Vermont

Dr. Dupginy-Giroux's research work has included investigations into droughts in both semi-arid areas of Brazil and more humid climes in northeastern North America.


Human Serum Albumin (HSA) - Drug Complexes And "Biochemical Signatures" For Specific Diseases

Fidelis Manyanga, Salem State University

Dr. Manyanga's research focuses on human plasma proteome, a complex biological fluid with more than 3000 individual proteins and peptides. Specifically, Human Serum Albumin (HSA), a major fatty acid (FA)...

Salty Microglia: Gaining Mechanistic Insight Into Sodium-Dependent Hypertension

Jesse Moreira, Boston University

Mr. Moreira is researching the role played by the microglia (non-neuronal cells in the brain and spinal cord) in salt-sensitive hypertension.


Socio-Eco-Evo Dynamics In Cities: Exploring How Society Shapes The Biology Of Cities

Christopher J. Schell, University of Washington - Tacoma Campus

Dr. Schell studies the interactions within and between humans and non-humans in urban environments.


The Evolution Of Human Skin Color Gets More Interesting By The Day

Nina G. Jablonski, The Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Jablonski's research focuses on how human skin and skin pigments have adapted to the environment.


The Origins Of Wound Behavior - Pathways Leading To Healing Or Reinjury

Cecelia C. Yates, University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Yates' work focuses on various aspects of wound healing in the skin and lungs.


Through A Web, Darkly: Sex, Death, And Adaptation In Widow Spiders

Maydianne C.B. Andrade, University of Toronto, Scarborough

Dr. Andrade's lab investigates the role of the environment and social factors on the reproductive lives (tactics, life history, physiology, sexual selection) of black widow spiders.


Utilizing Systems Analysis To Understand The Chemical Language Of The Rhizosphere

Ayanna Jones, Emory University

Ms. Jones is investigating the chemical means of communication between plant roots, their secretions and associated microbial communities, what is known as the rhizosphere.