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As part of the worldwide Darwin Day celebrations on Thursday Feb 12th, we held parties at UBC and SFU to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth. A big thank-you to all the competitors, you have impressed us beyond measure. Darwin would be proud.

If you made your own birthday cake for Darwin, we'd love to see it. Send photos to with the word "cake" in the subject line, and we'll add your pictures to the page.

SFU Bake a Cake for Darwin Contest
After a presentation by Greg Bole titled "Charles Darwin: Evolutionary Trees and Family Trees" during the SFU Biology Faculty Seminar, folks gathered to celebrate Darwin's Birthday in SSB7172.
"A Phylogenetic Tree of Darwin's Books" made up of cupcakes.
This cake was titled "Awesome Cake for Darwin".
"The Evolution of Cake" and the Judges, including Charles Darwin.

UBC Bake a Cake for Darwin Contest
  This cake by Stefanie Kuzmiski features a likeness of Darwin, with almonds for eyes, and one of Darwin's Finches with rasin eyes and an apple beak.
This entry shows the coevolution of a flower and a specific pollinator. The very neat story accompanied the cake on an illustrated panel. By Jennifer Klenz with assistance from Lucy Fei.
  "Journey to the Galapagos" by Tomiko Misono, this cake shows a giant tortise, a marine iguana, and a pastry portrait of Charles Darwin.
This entry from the Schluter Lab featured a cake in the shape of their research organism, the Threespine Stickleback. Read more about their research on the Schluter website.
  The "Layers of Evolution" had different phyla of organisms embedded within geological strata. Entry by Rosie Redfield.
Illustrating the evolution of mimicry, one of these snakes is a venomous coral snake, the other one is a copycat. Further inspection revealed coral snakes can be identified by the presence of red velvet cake on the inside. Entry by the Riesberg Lab.
Titled the "Host Dependant Replicate", this cake featured chocolate eggs containing instructions for producing the next generation of cakes, with both variability and heritability on which for Natural Selection to act. Cake by David Nogas.
  A contribution from the folks at Molecular Ecology, this cake was labeled "Just for eating, not for competition".
The "Adaptive Landscake" was an edible representation of the visual depiction of evolutionary fitness in an adaptive landscape. Entry by Gina Conte, Jasmine Ono, Brook Moyers, and Kathryn Turner.
  Brought to you by the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, this cake featured the skeleton of an Archaeopteryx as well as a modern bird, topped with an evolutionary tree made out of caramel.
  This cake from the Myers Lab shows the story of the Evolution of the Peppered Moth. Observational data suggests light and dark cookie moths are eaten at equal frequencies by human predators, independent of the lightness of the tree on which they are resting.
This cake came with a paper titled "On Evolution, Kingdoms, and the Galapagos Islands: a Treatise on Darwin's Contributions to Modern Ecology and Evolution in Cake Form". Featuring layers representing biological kingdoms, with each layer containing ingredients from that kingdom. Entry by Isla Myers-Smith, Amanda Medworthy, Michaela Martin, Megan Grabowski, Natalie Stafl, Alaine Camfield, and Kathy Martin.
A last minute entry from Jon Mee, the "Primordial Pudding" quickly garnered the "Most Disgusting" certificate.
Our carefully trained and highly qualified panel of judges tasted all the cakes and came to a unanimous decision: Evolution is Yummy.


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