Journal clubs - Page 3

Time and place: Sep. 29, 2017 11:00 AM12:00 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 AM12:00 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 PM3:00 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. 7, 2017 2:00 PM3:00 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 AM12:00 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 AM12:00 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 PM2:00 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 PM2:00 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.

Time and place: June 1, 2017 2:30 PM3:30 PM, Aquarium (3302)

Experts have repeatedly predicted that human life expectancy soon will reach a ceiling, but they have been proven wrong every time. Annual increase in life expectancy has not slowed down, and it continues to increase by 3 months every year.

Time and place: May 30, 2017 11:00 AM12:00 PM, Aquarium

This week we will discuss a paper by Dunn et al. regarding comparing functional genomic data across species.

Link to paper

Time and place: May 18, 2017 2:30 PM3:30 PM, Aquarium (3302)

Body mass is an important indicator of general condition as it reflects energy accessible for survival and reproduction. Recent evidence show that several species have experienced shifts in their body mass due to climate change. In the monogamous wandering albatross, average body mass and breeding success has increased over the last years. Surprisingly, the increase in breeding success seems to be due to heavier fathers investing more in their sons.

http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/284/1854/20170397

Time and place: Apr. 28, 2017 11:00 AM12:00 PM, Room 3302

This Friday, April 28th, we're discussing a recent paper on the newest SSE model by Rabosky & Goldberg (2017): "FiSSE: A simple nonparametric test for the effects of a binary character on lineage diversification rates".

Hope to see you there!

Time and place: Apr. 27, 2017 2:30 PM3:30 PM, Aquarium (3302)

Most demographic population models ignore males, but empirical evidence suggest that they should be included when vital rates are sex-specific. Assumptions about adult sex ratio, social structure, and mating system have been shown to affect estimates of extinction risk and projections of population dynamics. We discuss about when and how to apply two-sex models.

Time and place: Mar. 30, 2017 2:30 PM3:30 PM, Aquarium (3302)

Our first statistics course warns us about making predictions beyond the observed range of data. What that means exactly is difficult to say though when we use more complex models with link functions, higher order effects and interactive terms. We discuss a quantitative method for assessing bias when extrapolating.

Time and place: Mar. 30, 2017 1:00 PM2:00 PM, The Aquarium

This thursday, at the Speciation Journal Club, we will discuss a paper on  Adaptation to Global Change via Transposable Element and Epigenetics, by Rey et al. 2016 (Trends in Ecology and Evolution)

Time and place: Mar. 24, 2017 11:00 AM12:00 PM, Room 3302

This Friday, March 24th, we're discussing a recent paper by Cantalapiedra et al. (2017): "Decoupled ecomorphological evolution and diversification in Neogene-Quaternary horses".

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Time and place: Mar. 23, 2017 1:00 PM2:00 PM, The Aquarium

This thursday, at the Speciation Journal Club, we will discuss a paper on  hybridization and cichlid adaptive radiations, by Meier et al. 2017 (Nature Communications)

Time and place: Mar. 17, 2017 11:00 AM12:00 PM, Room 3302

This Friday, March 17th, we're discussing a paper by Love and Lugar (2013): "Dimensions of integration in interdisciplinary explanations of the origin of evolutionary novelty".

Note that one of the authors (Alan C. Love) will give two talks in Oslo next week, one on Developmental mechanisms and another on Evolution of novelty.

Hope to see you there!

Time and place: Mar. 16, 2017 1:00 PM2:00 PM, The Aquarium

This thursday, at the Speciation Journal Club, we will discuss a paper on  Genomic islands of divergence , by Bay and Ruegg 2017 (Proceedings B)

Time and place: Mar. 9, 2017 2:30 PM3:30 PM, Aquarium (3302)

The evolution of reaction norms such as thermal performance is tightly linked to ecological processes, and eco-evolutionary models can provide important insights especially in varying environments.

Time and place: Mar. 9, 2017 1:00 PM2:00 PM, The Aquarium

This thursday, at the Speciation Journal Club, we will discuss a paper on  Transitions between phases of genomic differentiation during stick-insect speciation, by Riesch et al. 2017 (Nature Ecology & Evolution)

Time and place: Mar. 2, 2017 1:00 PM2:00 PM, The Aquarium

This thursday, at the Speciation Journal Club, we will discuss a paper on  levels of nucleotide diversity in homologous regions of the avian genome, by Dutoit et al. 2017 (Proceedings B)