Diane Kelly studies vertebrate anatomy, in particular the connection between the design and the function of reproductive organs.

Why you should listen

Diane A. Kelly is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her research interests include the evolution of copulatory systems and sexual differentiation in the nervous system. She is best known for her original work on the anatomy and function of vertebrate penises, but has also written children’s books, created exhibits for science museums, helped exhume a mastodon, and designed and published a pair of quirky science card games. Kelly holds a Ph.D. in Zoology from Duke University and an A.B. in Biological Sciences from the University of Chicago.

She blogs at Science Made Cool -- where she wrote about what it was like to give this talk.

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Diane Kelly’s TED talks

Diane Kelly on the TED Blog

Quotes from Diane Kelly

We often focus on one disease, one model, one problem. But my experience suggests that we should take the time to apply ideas broadly between systems and just see where it takes us.
Diane Kelly
TEDMED 2012 • 1.9M views Jun 2012
Informative, Fascinating
The penis isn't actually required for internal fertilization, but when internal fertilization evolves, penises often follow.
Diane Kelly
TEDMED 2012 • 1.9M views Jun 2012
Informative, Fascinating