Join us for a conversation with biologist and filmmaker Alexis Gambis who will discuss his latest feature Son of Monarchs. This butterfly-centered drama merges topics of evolutionary biology with broader issues of immigration, politics and rituals. The Monarch butterfly is our soaring guide in this scientific and cinematic journey. Its' colored patterns have recently been decoded by scientists using gene-editing technology and it has increasingly become the symbol for migrant rights due to its epic migration every year across North America. Alexis will provide glimpses into the research and filmmaking process, from the NYU research labs in New York to the butterfly sanctuaries in Mexico. He will discuss why his science films are often told through animal perspectives and the importance of taking scientific data outside of the lab so it can serve drama and fiction.
Alexis Gambis, Assistant Professor of Biology , New York University Abu Dhabi
Center for Genomics and Systems Biology
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