Human pheromones topic of Oxford scientist's Sept. 30 lecture

Tristram Wyatt

Tristram Wyatt

A University of Oxford zoologist and international pheromone authority will explore the myths versus reality of pheromones in humans in a lecture Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 3:30 p.m. in Auburn University’s Rouse Hall, room 112.

Sponsored by the College of Agriculture’s Office of Global Programs, Tristram Wyatt’s lecture, “The Smelly Mystery of Human Pheromones,” will be free and open to the Auburn community. The presentation will be for a general audience.

Wyatt, whose TED talk by the same title has been viewed more than 1 million times since its September 2013 posting online, is a senior researcher and lecturer in the Department of Zoology at Oxford and an emeritus fellow of Oxford’s Kellogg College.

His key research interest is the evolution of pheromones—chemical communication signals within a species—in the animal kingdom. The second edition of his Cambridge University Press book “Pheromones and Animal Behavior” won the 2014 Royal Society of Biology’s Best Postgraduate Textbook Prize.

For more information on Wyatt’s Auburn lecture, contact Elizabeth Scarborough at 334-844-3210 or

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