EEB Seminar: October 30th

This upcoming Thursday, Kiyoko Gotanda will talk on

Adaptation as a spatio-temporal mosaic of selection

at 12:30 in the EEB lounge (BioSciences 4338)

The seminar is hosted by Fran Bonier

Adaptive divergence due to variation in selective pressures is believed to have generated much of the biodiversity observed today. Despite this, it is commonly assumed that selective pressures are consistent through space and time. In particular, studies often examine selection at a single site at a single time and take that to represent the selection to which a whole species is subject. However, recent work has demonstrated that there can be considerable spatial and/or temporal variation in selection, and this is what I will discuss. I will explore how spatiotemporal variation can affect adaptive divergence, and what some of the underlying causes of this variation might be.

Kiyoko is a former professional ballet dancer who is now a researcher in organismal biology. After dancing with ballet companies such as the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal, she hung up the pointe shoes and went to McGill University for her BSc. She is currently a PhD candidate at McGill University.

Kiyoko’s research focuses on the intersection of evolution, ecology, and behavior. Broadly, she seeks to understand how variation in selective pressures affects the origins and evolution of biological diversity. More specifically, Kiyoko focuses on adaptation and how it is affected by spatial and temporal variation in selection. Her website can be found via this link

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