Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ., 2 July 2003
Science on the Fly
In pursuit of his research objectives, Marc Tatar has chased butterflies, dodged rattlesnakes, and chomped on termites. Now he's leading the pack in efforts to decipher how hormones control aging in fruit flies
Abstract: As an ecologist, demographer, evolutionary biologist, and experimental geneticist all rolled into one, Marc Tatar cuts a wide swath in his studies linking reproduction, mortality, and longevity. He began his scientific training as a butterfly-chasing field biologist in the 1980s and, for a time, taught science in high school. Since then he has metamorphosed into a leader in investigating how insulin-like hormones influence aging in fruit flies. Using the tools of demography, he has studied senescence in fruit flies, seed beetles, and wild populations of grasshoppers, lions, and baboons. For fun, Tatar used to race bicycles and today swims 10 miles a week.
Citation: I. Chen, Science on the Fly. Sci. SAGE KE 2003, nf13 (2 July 2003)
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