Biology Professor Discusses Biodiversity

Brevard College students walking past bell tower

Alex Webster, ‘17

On Sept. 21, Brevard College Biology Professor Tina Bell will discuss biodiversity as it pertains to the creation of new species in a talk sponsored by the University of North Carolina-Asheville Chapter of Sigma Xi.

The presentation, “A Closer Look at Speciation in the Sea,” will take place on campus in McLarty-Goodson Classroom 125 at 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Bell, coordinator of the Biology Program, will focus on biodiversity in our oceans, talk about the process of speciation in fluid environments and touch on her personal experience studying small marine crustaceans. There will be time for a question-and-answer session concluding Bell’s talk.

Bell attended the University of Florida, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Zoology, and later received her doctorate degree in genetics from the University of Georgia. She worked at the College of Charleston’s Marine Laboratory studying characteristics of divergent marine invertebrate populations.

Sigma Xi is a nationally recognized scientific research society. The UNCA chapter includes Brevard College, UNCA, Warren Wilson College, and Mars Hill University. Their mission is to, “promote excellence in scientific investigation and encourage a sense of companionship and cooperation among researchers in all fields of science and engineering.” Dr. Jeff Llewellyn is the treasurer of the chapter, and is the BC representative.

Prior to Bell’s presentation, attendees are welcome to have dinner in the Myer’s Dining Hall Institute Room for a fee of $8.00 per person. Dinner will be served from 6:00 to 6:45 p.m. RSVP is required by noon on Monday, Sept 21. Email Jeff Llewellyn at or call 828-883-8292 x2277.