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 talk

Diane Kelly on the TED Blog