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UiO, Campus Blindern Blindernveien 31 Entr. Moltke Moes vei
Late Lunch Talk by Malin Pinsky, Rutgers University, USA
This Friday the journal club will discuss a paper by Gene Hunt and Graham Slater (2016): "Integrating Paleontological and Phylogenetic Approaches to Macroevolution" .
Late Lunch Talk by Meike Wortel, CEES
Minisymposium open for all! Talks by Grace Wyngaard, Kristian Alfsnes, Martin Malmstrøm and William Brynildsen Reinar. Start at 13.00.
The study of ancient DNA sequences from Yersinia pestis has yielded important insights into the ecology and evolution of this important human pathogen. However, the analysis and interpretation of ancient DNA data remains challenging compared with modern data. Here, we will discuss two recent papers with new or improved genomes from First and Second Pandemic victims.
Friday seminar by Marcin Piwczyński from Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland
This Friday the journal club will discuss a paper by Pennell et al. (2015): "Model Adequacy and the Macroevolution of Angiosperm Functional Traits" .
Late Lunch Talk by Ben Schaffer, Princeton University
This Firday the journal club will discuss a paper by Maddison & FitzJohn (2014): "The Unsolved Challenge to Phylogenetic Correlation Tests for Categorical Characters". Join us!
Traditionally, population models are often built using only the female half of a population and males are considered nothing but "ecological noise". However, males do matter, and particularly so when there is sex-selective harvest going on.
This thursday, at the Speciation Journal Club, we will discuss a paper entitled
"Rapid evolutionary response to a transmissible cancer in Tasmanian devils" by Epstein et al. 2016 (Nature Communications).
Late Lunch Talk by Mario Cunha, Center for Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, University of Porto
No reading required! We will be watching a video lecture by Bruce M.S. Campbell, author of "The Great Transition: Climate, Disease, and Society in the Late-Medieval World," where he discusses how changes in climate, the economy, and warfare contributed to the onset and severity of plague epidemics in Medieval Europe.
By Jukka Corander
This Firday at the journal club we will discuss a paper by Arnold & Houck (2016): "Can the Fisher‐Lande process account for birds of paradise and other sexual radiations?".
Meeting for the CEES Core members
Meeting for the CEES Scientific Advisory Board (SAB)
By Robert M. Pringle from Princeton University
Population matrix models have come a long way and perturbation analyses developed for them are among the most powerful tools of population ecologists. Most population projections are unthinkable without sensitivity analyses and LTREs (Life Table Response Experiments). Population projections are also most needed when climates are changing and habitats are altered, and that is when classic perturbation analyses for equilibrium systems fail.
In a recent paper, Koons et al. explore how to do LTREs in a transient world:
Gunnar Dick, Coordinator at the Centre for Digital Life Norway, will give an update on research and innovation opportunities within life sciences and biotechnology. Open for all: Postdocs/researchers are especially encouraged to participate.
This journal club we will be discussing conflicting studies on two virulence factors that are important for the Yersinia genus, invasin and YadA.
The journal club is back from summer vacations and we`ll dive into species diversification with the latest paper from Lewitus & Morlon (2016): "Natural constraints to species diversification". Join us!
The recent emergence of plague, Yersinia pestis, as a flea-borne pathogen in the last 3,000-6,000 years provides a compelling example of how evolutionary changes can lead to a new bacterial pathogen. We will discuss the recent review, "Ecological opportunity, Evolution, and the Emergence of Flea-borne Plague," by Hinnebusch et. al., about Y. pestis and the closely related enteric pathogen, Y. psuedotuberculosis.
Historical records can provide useful insights into the epidemiology and transmission dynamics of infectious diseases of the past. We will discuss the recently published paper, "Epidemiological analysis of the Eyam plague outbreak of 1665-1666," by L.K. Whittles and X. Didelot, where they used parish records to study the transmission mode and seasonality of plague during a well-known epidemic.
This week we read a paleobioogical paper by Kiessling and Kocsis on Biodiversity dynamics and environmental occupancy of fossil azooxanthellate and zooxanthellate scleractinian corals. Paleobiology, 41, pp 402-414