Kristine Bonnevies hus (map)
UiO, Campus Blindern Blindernveien 31 Entr. Moltke Moes vei
This weeks MaEcovo journal club will discuss Charles Nunn and Natalie Cooper's recent paper in Evolution; Investigating evolutionary lag using the species-pairs evolutionary lag test (SPELT). Welcome all!
Friday seminar by Terrence W. Deacon from Dept. of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley. Now with abstract.
It is time for this year's last TGAC meeting, where we'll discuss the current "Flock of genomes" special issue of Science about 48 newly released bird genomes. With eight research articles and one review, this special issue could keep the TGAC busy for weeks, but for now I propose to focus on the article of Jarvis et al. entitled "Whole-genome analyses resolve early branches in the tree of life of modern birds".
This Friday we'll be enjoying a discussion on Phylogenetic Path Analysis, a chapter from the recently published book Modern Phylogenetic Comparative Methods and Their Application in Evolutionary Biology, edited by László Zsolt Garamszegi. Whole book is available in the link above, we're gonna talk about Chapter 8: An Introduction to Phylogenetic Path Analysis by Alejandro Gonzalez-Voyer and Achaz von Hardenberg. To keep spirits high there's a number of cartoons in the chapter as well as a footnote stating that pun is intended, so it'll be a fun read.
This week we will read an a bit more ecological paper on hybridization and evolutionary outcomes entitled "Hierarchical behaviour, habitat use and species size differences shape evolutionary outcomes of hybridization in a coral reef fish" by Gainsford and colleagues to be published in Journal of Evolutionary Biology. Please note that the meeting will take place at a different location this time!
Friday seminar by Arnaud Le Rouzic. NEW TIME: 12.15
This week we'll be learning when species richness should be energy limited (I think the right answer is "sometimes"), and more interestingly; how would we know? An idea and perspective paper by Hurlbert and Stegen in Ecology Letters 2014.
Same time, same place, same people. Welcome!
Bank et al. (2014) looks like the perfect paper for a TGAC discussion: Highly relevant (arguing that selective sweep detection needs to take demography and background selection into account), brand new (currently in press corrected proof), and short (7 pages). So let's have a TGAC meeting on Tuesday, at 1 pm as usual.
This week we'll be discussing a paper by Brockhurst and co-workers in Proceedings B: Running with the Red Queen: the role of biotic conflicts in evolution
2-day conference on the history of plague, at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, with summarizing thoughts of Jared Diamond. Please register.
Late lunch talk by Melissah Rowe
Friday seminar by Annelise Binois
This week we will discuss a paper entitled "Maximum likelihood inference of reticulate evolutionary histories" by Yu and co-authors from PNAS. The paper presents a new method for inferring reticulate evolutionary histories while accounting for incomplete lineage sorting.
In a second edition of TGAC-with-original-authors, we'll discuss Marcussen et al. (2014), a recent Science paper on ancient hybridization of polyploid wheat genomes. The first author Thomas Marcussen will join our discussion, and since Kjetill Jakobsen was involved in the study, we may even have two authors present to answer all our questions. We're switching back to the old meeting time, starting at 1 pm.
This week we'll be discussing a box fresh paper by Tanja Stadler and co-workers in American Naturalist: On Age and Species Richness of Higher Taxa
Friday seminar by Thomas Marcussen
In a sort of a special edition of the TGAC journal club, we hope to finally find out whether Thor Heyerdahl was right after all with his claims regarding early contact between the cultures of South America and Easter Island, whether his Kon-Tiki expedition in 1947 was just a fun cruise across the Pacific without any scientific substantiation, or whether genomic data actually supports his ideas. We will find the answers in the very recent paper by Moreno-Mayar et al. (2014), which just came out in Current Biology and comes with a commentary in Science. Four of the authors are working at the University Hospital here in Oslo, and at least two of them will join our discussion!
As there will be a CELS meeting this Tuesday at 1 pm, the TGAC discussion will be earlier than usual, at 11 am.
Late lunch talk by Robin Cristofari
This week, we read a paper from Ecology Letters by Barnagaud et al. 2014.
PROGRAM (pdf: This is an excerpt from the booklet that will be handed out at the conference)
Friday seminar by Charles Krebs
This week we will read a paper on competition in bryozoans by Svensson and Marshall 2014: "Limiting resources in sessile systems: food enhances diversity and growth of suspension feeders despite available space".
We feel that it's time to find out about the Pairwise Sequential Markovian Coalescent and it derivations. How does it magically infer demography from single genomes? Why does the original author recommend other tools? Why do all these demography plots look the same? And can I use it for my data? Once more, we'll need more than one paper to find out. We'll focus on the first publication to present the PSMC, Li & Durbin (2011) in Nature, but we invite participants with a bit of extra time to check out and report on updates on the method, which were published by Schiffels & Durbin (2014) in Nature Genetics, and by Harris et al. (2014) on arXiv.
A collection of recent CEES publications
This tuesday, we'll discuss genome resequencing and hybrid origin of pig populations, as recently reported by Bosse et al. (2014) in Molecular Ecology, Bosse et al. (2014) in Nature Communications, and Ramírez et al. (2014) in Heredity. We'll focus on the Molecular Ecology paper, but try to provide a brief summary of the other two studies as well.