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Photo provided by RANDY BERGERON -- Southeastern Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Rick Miller will be the featured speaker at the Science on Tap seminar at 7 p.m. June 3 in Hammond. Miller cultivates morning glories in the Biology Building’s rooftop greenhouse as a model for his evolutionary research.

Southeastern Louisiana University’s next Science on Tap seminar June 3 will focus on the beauty and diversity of flowers, university officials said.

The informal presentation by Rick Miller, Southeastern’s associate professor of biological sciences — titled “Why are there so many beautiful flowers?” — will be at 7 p.m. at Tope lá Catering, 113 E. Thomas St., Hammond. The doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the presentation is free and open to all ages.

Miller teaches courses on biology, genetics, evolution and botany, as well as a summer course on native Louisiana plants. His research interests focus on plant systematics and evolution. He uses morning glories as a model for his evolutionary research, which includes growing them in the Biology Building rooftop greenhouse, university official said.

He will address the question, “Why are there so many beautiful flowers?”

Participants will learn a little bit about evolution and find out that animal pollinators have been very important in the development of the amazing flowering plant diversity.

Bring a flower to share for the presentation.

For information, contact the Department of Biological Sciences at (985) 549-3740.