Patricia Brennan Around Campus

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A deeper dive

Mount Holyoke researcher Patrica Brennan’s research found that dolphin clitorises have more in common with the human organ than previously known.

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The evolutionary payout for prickly sex

Mount Holyoke expert Patricia Brennan explains that both males and females benefit from the thorny genital arms race in seed beetles.

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Separating the baby from the backwater

Anuses segregate babies from back ends, says Patricia Brennan, Mount Holyoke College assistant professor of biology.

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Senior Symposium 2021

The culmination of Mount Holyoke students’ academic careers, Senior Symposium marks the metamorphosis from student to expert.

This is an artist's rendering of two dinosaurs circling each other; the cloaca of one is clearly visible.

A revealing look

Researchers have developed a 3D model of a dinosaur’s cloaca, a glimpse into prehistoric pudenda that has never before been seen.

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Professor’s research on “Last Week Tonight”

Mount Holyoke College’s Patricia Brennan has had her research discussed in a number of august journals — and now on a satirical HBO show.

 Patty Brennan, Visiting Lecturer of Biological Sciences

Evolution could lead to odd animals in future

Mount Holyoke College Assistant Professor Patricia Brennan discusses what evolution could mean for animals on a hotter, drier future Earth.  

 Patty Brennan, Visiting Lecturer of Biological Sciences

Study: sex may be pleasurable for dolphins

Recent research from Patricia Brennan, assistant professor of biology at Mount Holyoke, sheds new light on the inner workings of dolphin sexual anatomy.

The social life of a male duck

Research by MHC’s Patricia Brennan identifies mating competition as a social influence that inhibits male ruddy duck genital growth.