EEB Seminar: Nov 14th

This week, we welcome Rosalind Murray. Selection for elaborate female traits: sex-biased resource allocation in insects Abstract: Sexual selection theory was developed to describe the elaborate sex-specific traits that result from intra-specific competition for mates. Since then, a substantial body of theoretical and empirical literature has revealed sexual selection to be a common phenomenon that frequentlyContinue reading “EEB Seminar: Nov 14th”

EEB Seminar: Nov 7th

This week, we welcome Gemma Clucas. Marine conservation genomics: exploring the past, present, and future of oceanic ecosystems Many marine ecosystems have been dramatically changed due to anthropogenic influences, yet, monitoring these changes can often be challenging due to the inaccessible nature of the marine environment. Genomics can offer us unprecedented insights into aspects ofContinue reading “EEB Seminar: Nov 7th”

EEB Seminar: October 31st

This week, we welcome Michael Hochberg Evolution and Environment Shape Cancer Across Species Evolutionary theory explains why metazoan species are largely protected against the negative fitness effects of cancers. Nevertheless, cancer is observed across a range of species and sometimes at high prevalence. I present a simple model showing how life history traits (e.g., body size) are expected to co-evolve with anti-cancer mechanisms. TheContinue reading “EEB Seminar: October 31st”

EEB Seminar: October 24th

This week, we welcome our own Alexandra McClymont. Abstract: Extensive road salt use across the Northern Hemisphere is causing long-term and substantial salinization in many freshwater systems, with significant consequences for aquatic organisms and communities. American and Canadian water quality guidelines for chloride are currently based on single-species studies conducted under laboratory conditions, which doContinue reading “EEB Seminar: October 24th”

EEB SEMINAR: OCTOBER 17th

This week, we welcome our own Alyson Van Natto. Abstract: A species’ genetic structure results from interactions between genetic drift, natural selection and gene flow and, therefore, strongly depends on the species’ spatial distribution and can have a profound influence on the management of species at-risk. I will discuss two factors that may influence rangeContinue reading “EEB SEMINAR: OCTOBER 17th”

EEB Seminar: September 26th

This week, we welcome our own Regan Cross and Matt Macpherson. Abstract:  Populations of many snake species around the globe are in decline as a result of anthropogenic threats such as road mortality. To reduce road mortality, wildlife barrier fencing is often used, albeit with varying levels of success. Given how adept gray ratsnakes (Pantherophis spiloides)Continue reading “EEB Seminar: September 26th”

EEB Seminar: September 19th

This week we welcome our own Ying Chen. Divergence in the mate recognition system is the foundation of biological speciation in anurans. Ecological and sexual selection have been suggested as major causes of male call evolution. It is generally assumed that a significant fraction of variation in male advertisement call has an underlying genetic basisContinue reading “EEB Seminar: September 19th”

EEB Seminar: September 12th

This week we welcome Carly Rozins. Meeting our global population’s food needs has involved intensive mechanization and centralization of food production. While this industrialization has allowed farmers to provide food for a burgeoning population, it has fundamentally changed the life cycles of domesticated animals in ways that create new and unknown threats to global foodContinue reading “EEB Seminar: September 12th”

EEB Seminar: September 5th

This week we welcome Luke Mahler. The central aim of my research is to understand how ecological and evolutionary factors combine to determine biodiversity patterns over large spatial and temporal scales. To do this, I use radiations of Anolis lizards on Caribbean islands as a natural experiment to test hypotheses about macroevolution, biogeography, and communityContinue reading “EEB Seminar: September 5th”