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.
This week we discuss a paper on the role of ancient and historical DNA in preserving biodiversity, recently published in Trends in Ecology & Evolution.
This week we discuss a paper on genetic variation and phylogeographic patterns of five bumblebee species.
This week we discuss a paper on dietary plasticity in the extinct passenger pigeon.
This week we discuss a paper by Smith et al. recently published in Scientific Reports.
This week we discuss a paper by Raposeiro et al. recently published in PNAS.
This week we discuss a paper on using hyb-seq for analysing herbarium specimens
This week we discuss a paper on comparative population genomics of bumblebees.
This week we discuss a paper on palaeogenomic reconstruction.
This week we discuss a paper on genomics of rapid parallel adaptation in the marine snail Littorina saxatilis.
This week we discuss a paper on pollen and eDNA preserved in old guano deposits from two caves in Jamaica.
This week we discuss a paper on connectivity and structure in albacore tuna inferred from morphometrics, genetics and modelling particle drift modelling.
This week we discuss a paper on genome skimming. The paper presents the potential for using low-coverage shotgun data for species identification, moving forward from more traditional barcoding approaches.
This week we discuss a paper on structural genomic variation. The study reports on resequencing of >1000 wild sunflowers and finds large non-recombining haplotype blocks that are associated with ecologically relevant traits and soil and climate characteristics.
We discuss how population genomics approaches can be applied to wildlife conservation and management.
This week we will discuss graph-based variant discovery in bovines. Note the change of day to Thursday.
We will discuss the new review about structural variation in Nature: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41576-019-0180-9
TGAC has been revived and we will again meet up to discuss interesting science. First up is this very interesting paper by Therkildsen et al. 2019 in Science
Sex differences in vital rates and mate availability can have important effects on population- and evolutionary dynamics. These effects and how they vary depending on mating strategies can be explored with extensions to traditional matrix models.
Integral projection models (IPMs) are population models structured by continuous traits such as body size, and have risen in popularity over the last decade. While most perturbation analyses developed for matrix models can be applied, additional considerations are necessary when working with IPMs.
Recent work has highlighted the importance of including individual heterogeneity into population models. This includes both traits that are fixed over the lifespan of an individual (e.g. morphology, genotype) and characteristics that change over time (e.g. age, body conditions). How influential such traits are for individual fitness (and population dynamics), may however depend on sex.
Friday, March 23rd, we will discuss a recent paper by Outomuro et al (2016): Antagonistic natural and sexual selection on wing shape in a scrambling damselfly Join us!
Stage structure is fundamental in quantitative population models, but there are different approaches to deal with stage duration and individual-/cohort variation therein.