Journal clubs

The journal clubs are platforms for inspiration and for talking about the science which may have implications for and may stimulate our own research in new and exciting directions; and for learning interactively what is good science. Students are especially encouraged to join in.

The discussions tends to be stimulated by either questions regarding methodology and theory behind the the chosen paper or extensions and applications of the work described. There are only two requirements for the participants: curiousity and that you have read the paper. How active you are in the discussions is up to you.

On the mailing lists you will get reminders about the sessions, and occational discussions about the journal club and possible papers for discussion etc.

Upcoming

Time and place: Dec. 14, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, The Aquarium

This Thursday, there will be no Speciation Journal Club, instead, we all welcome you to a full day of hybridization and speciation!  A symposium supported by IBV, CEES and EVOGENE.

 

The symposium will feature two prominent young researchers in the field, Joana Meier (University of Bern, Switzerland) & Mario Vallejo-Marin (University of Stirling, UK). We have previously discussed some of their papers at the Speciation Journal Club, but they will also discuss some of their latest unpublished research.

If you wish to meet with Joana or Mario on friday, please contact me or one of the other organizers.

https://www.mn.uio.no/cees/english/research/news/events/research/others/2017/symposium-on-hybridization.html

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Time and place: Dec. 7, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, The Aquarium

This Thursday, at the Speciation Journal Club, we will discuss a paper using demographic modeling to trace the origin(s) of hybrid cichlid species by Meier et al. published in 2017 in Molecular Ecology.

Time and place: Nov. 30, 2017 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, The Aquarium

This Thursday, at the Speciation Journal Club, we will discuss a paper on Speciation by genome duplication by Vallejo-Marin et al. published in 2015 in Evolution.

Time and place: Nov. 24, 2017 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Room 3302

This Friday, November 24th, we're discussing a paper by Uyeda et al. (2017): "A General Model for Estimating Macroevolutionary Landscapes".

Hope to see you there!

Time and place: Nov. 17, 2017 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Room 3302

This Friday, November 17th, we're discussing a paper by Hagey et al. (2017): "Tempo and mode of performance evolution across multiple independent origins of adhesive toe pads in lizards".

Hope to see you there!

Time and place: Nov. 10, 2017 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Room 3302

This Friday, November 10th, we're discussing a paper by Benson et al. (2017): "Cope's rule and the adaptive landscape of dinosaur body size evolution".

Hope to see you there!

Time and place: Nov. 9, 2017 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, The Aquarium
This Thursday, at the Speciation Journal Club, we will discuss a paper on chromosomal inversions and hybridization, by Bosse et al. published in 2017 in Science.
Time and place: Nov. 3, 2017 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Room 3302

This Friday, November 3rd, we're discussing a paper by Good et al. (2017): "The dynamics of molecular evolution over 60,000 generations".

Hope to see you there!

Time and place: Nov. 2, 2017 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Aquarium (3302)

Species' responses to changes in the environment can be either genetic or plastic, and adaptive or non-adaptive. Identifying the exact nature of such responses requires integration of population models and quantitative genetics theory.

Time and place: Nov. 2, 2017 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, The Aquarium

This Thursday, at the Speciation Journal Club, we will discuss a paper on brain size ad colonization processes, by   Fristoe et al. published in 2017 in Nture Ecology and Evolution.

Time and place: Oct. 27, 2017 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Room 3302

This Friday, October 27th, we're discussing a paper by Fox et al. (2017): "The social and cultural roots of whale and dolphin brains".

Hope to see you there!

Time and place: Oct. 20, 2017 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Room 3302

This Friday, October 20th, we're discussing a paper by Grabowski and Jungers (2017): "Evidence of a chimpanzee-sized ancestor of humans but a gibbon-sized ancestor of apes".

Hope to see you there!

Time and place: Oct. 13, 2017 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Room 3302

This Friday, October 13th, we're discussing a paper by Tidiere et al. (2017): "Evolutionary allometry reveals a shift in selection pressure on male horn size".

Hope to see you there!

Time and place: Oct. 12, 2017 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, The Aquarium

This Thursday, at the Speciation Journal Club, we will discuss a paper on opsin evolution in different light environments in sticklebacks, by Marques et al. published in 2017 in PLoS Biology.

Time and place: Oct. 6, 2017 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Room 3302

This Friday, October 6th, we're discussing a paper by Svensson (2017): "On reciprocal causation in the evolutionary process".

Hope to see you there!

Time and place: Oct. 5, 2017 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Aquarium (3302)

Climate can affect populations not only directly and through resource availability, but also by altering predation risk. Such interactions can lead to unexpected or counter-intuitive responses, and considering them can be important for predicting  population responses to climate change.

Time and place: Sep. 29, 2017 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Room 3302

This Friday, September 29th, we're discussing a paper by De Lisle and Svensson (2017): "On the standardization of fitness and traits in comparative studies of phenotypic selection".

Hope to see you there!

Time and place: Sep. 22, 2017 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Room 3302

This Friday, September 22nd, we're discussing a paper by Punzalan and Rowe (2016): "Concordance between stabilizing sexual selection, intraspecific variation, and interspecific divergence in Phymata".

Hope to see you there!

Time and place: Sep. 21, 2017 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Aquarium (3302)

The evolution and spread of human culture are intriguing topics by themselves, but who knew cultural dynamics could be included into demographic population models?

Time and place: Sep. 15, 2017 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Room 3302

This Friday, September 15th, we're discussing a paper by Scranton et al. (2016): "The importance of the timescale of the fitness metric for estimates of selection on phenotypic traits during a period of demographic change".

Hope to see you there!

Time and place: Sep. 7, 2017 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Aquarium (3302)

Body size is often linked intricately with survival and reproductive rates, and therefore affects population dynamics. It is not unlikely for population collapses to be preceded by a change in body size distributions. If those changes happen long enough in advance, they may serve as early warning signals to predict population collapses.

Time and place: Aug. 15, 2017 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Aquarium

Abstract

For the human population to maintain a constant size from generation to generation, an increase in fertility must compensate for the reduction in the mean fitness of the population caused, among others, by deleterious mutations. The required increase in fertility due to this mutational load depends on the number of sites in the genome that are functional, the mutation rate, and the fraction of deleterious mutations among all mutations in functional regions. These dependencies and the fact that there exists a maximum tolerable replacement level fertility can be used to put an upper limit on the fraction of the human genome that can be functional. Mutational load considerations lead to the conclusion that the functional fraction within the human genome cannot exceed 25%, and is probably considerably lower.

paper

Time and place: July 7, 2017 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Room 3302

This Friday, July 7th, we're discussing a recent paper from the American Naturalist by Brombacher et al. (2017): " The Breakdown of Static and Evolutionary Allometries during Climatic Upheaval".

Hope to see you there!

Time and place: June 22, 2017 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, The Aquarium

This thursday, at the Speciation Journal Club, we will discuss a paper on 

what shapes the continuum of reproductive isolation  using the famous Heliconius model system, by Mérot et al. 2017 (TProceedings B)

Time and place: June 15, 2017 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, The Aquarium

This thursday, at the Speciation Journal Club, we will discuss a paper on frequency dependence, immunity and migration by Bolnick and Stutz published in 2017 in Nature.