Dr. Susan Gershman will present “How to Be Attractive: The Secret Sex Lives of Crickets and Flies” as part of the Davis & Elkins College Lecture Series on Thursday, March 12 at 7 pm. The talk will take place in Eshleman Science Center room 400 on campus and is free and open to the public.

An assistant professor of biology at The Ohio State University at Marion, Gershman studies the evolution of animal behavior with a special interest in interactions between males and females. She focuses primarily on crickets and Drosophila flies in her research, although she also works with beetles and salamanders. Her research draws on techniques from behavioral ecology, life history evolution, quantitative genetics, immunology and analytical chemistry.

Gershman earned her Ph.D. in biology from University of California at Riverside, a Master of Science in zoology from Washington State University and a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from Johns Hopkins University.

The next lecture in the series will take place in April and will focus on criminology.

Related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Davis & Elkins College is located in Elkins, 2 hours east of Charleston, 3 hours south of Pittsburgh and 4 hours west of Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit the College website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.