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Van Alen Book Club September 2019: Darwin Comes to Town by Menno Schilthuizen

September 24, 7–9 PM

Van Alen Institute
30 West 22nd St.


All over the world, wildlife is learning and adapting to live in environments fundamentally designed by and for human beings. In Darwin Comes to Town, urban ecologist Menno Schilthuizen gives us a glimpse into the exciting evolutionary changes happening in our cities. Join us for this enlightening and entertaining look at how our streets, highways, subways, parks, and buildings both big and small impact the many species that call the city home, and consider how that transformation could lead to more livable urban habitats for humans and non-humans alike.

This month’s book is available at a discount from the following independent booksellers:
– Community Bookstore (Park Slope) – 20% discount
– Greenlight Bookstore (Fort Greene and Prospect Lefferts) – 15% discount

(Just say you’re with Van Alen Book Club at check-out)     

We are excited to have Elizabeth Carlen moderate book club this month.

Elizabeth Carlen is a PhD candidate in the Biological Sciences department at Fordham University in New York City, working in the Munshi-South lab which studies how cities influence the ecology and evolution of organisms. Her current work, on how urbanization has affected the evolution of feral pigeons in the Northeastern Megacity (Boston, MA to Washington, DC), led The New York Times to refer to her as the “Pigeon Stalker”. In addition to her dissertation research, she is a co-founder and editor of the urban evolution blog Life in the City: Evolution in an Urbanizing World.

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