Science Café Cleveland presents


What Can Foxes Tell Us About Human Behavior?


NOVEMBER 9, 2015




Anna Kukekova, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Genetics, Genomics, and Bioinformatics

Department of Animal Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign




In 1959, a small group of scientists in Siberia began an experiment to evolve dog-type behaviors in foxes. From 130 silver foxes, a bloodline was selected for friendliness toward humans and another bloodline for aggressiveness toward humans.  The foxes who liked humans evolved many unforeseen characteristics - they started barking, whimpering, nuzzling like puppy dogs, and a huge range of colors, sizes and shapes appeared. Dr. Kukekova is interested in identifying novel biological mechanisms and gaining a better understanding of well-known mechanisms through which genetic and environmental factors may regulate inter-individual differences in social behavior. She is teasing apart nature and nurture to identify genetic mechanisms involved in human behavioral disorders.



The incredible fox domestication experiment in Novosibirsk, Russia

-From Siberia Part 3: From wild to domesticated in 50 years, the incredible fox farm experiment in Novosibirsk. Experimetns in Wandering.


Guarding the Fox House by Ceiridwen Terrill, Slate Science, 2012.




The Tasting Room at Great Lakes Brewing Company

2701 Carroll Avenue

Cleveland, Ohio 44113



November 9, 2015

Doors will be open 5:30 - 9:00 PM (Last call at 8:45PM). Presentation and discussion is 7:00 - 8:00 PM. The Tasting Room will also host a limited menu before and during the event. Not to mention beer! (Click here to view menu).


*Please Note* A few of our cafes have approached capacity and/or standing room only. If you want to be 100% sure to get in and get a good seat, you might want to arrive a bit early.


WHO: Sponsored by Case Western Reserve University chapter of Sigma Xi, WCPN ideastream, and Great Lakes Brewing Company



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