Journal clubs - Page 5

Time and place: Nov. 3, 2016 1:00 PM2:00 PM, The Aquarium

This thursday, at the Speciation Journal Club, we will discuss a paper entitled "Genomic variation at the tips of the adaptive radiation of Darwin's finches" by Chaves et al. 2016 in Molecular Ecology.

Time and place: Oct. 31, 2016 2:15 PM3:15 PM, Room 3315

Diseases can induce detectible genetic changes in host populations by exerting infectious pressure. It has been hypothesized that past plague pandemics have shaped susceptibility to infections in modern European populations. In this journal club, we will discuss immune pathways that have been shaped by convergent evolution in European and Rroma populations in response to plague and other infections.

Time and place: Oct. 27, 2016 2:00 PM3:00 PM, Aquarium (3302)

Estimates of fishing mortality commonly used in stock assessment models are often conditional on restrictive assumptions about natural mortality. However, integrating data from various sources in bayesian state-space models can allow to independently estimate mortalities of different sources.

Time and place: Oct. 27, 2016 1:00 PM2:00 PM, The Aquarium

This thursday, at the Speciation Journal Club, we will discuss a paper entitled "detection of human adaptation during the past 2000 years" by Field et al. 2016 in Science.

Time and place: Oct. 21, 2016 11:00 AM12:00 PM, Aquarium

This Friday we'll discuss a paper from the future American Naturalist presenting a new tool; "Phylogenetic ANCOVA: Estimating Changes in Evolutionary Rates as Well as Relationships between Traits" by Fuentes-G., Housworth, Weber and Martins.

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Time and place: Oct. 6, 2016 2:00 PM3:00 PM, Aquarium (3302)

In many harvested ecosystems, laws and regulations protect animals below a certain size from being killed. However, in species such as fish, it is often the large, old animals that represent the reproductive capital of a population, and that might need protection even more.

Time and place: Sep. 30, 2016 11:00 AM12:00 PM, Aquarium

This Friday the journal club will discuss a paper by Gene Hunt and Graham Slater (2016): "Integrating Paleontological and Phylogenetic Approaches to Macroevolution" .

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Time and place: Sep. 26, 2016 2:15 PM3:15 PM, Room 3315

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.

Time and place: Sep. 23, 2016 11:30 AM12:30 PM, Aquarium

This Friday the journal club will discuss a paper by Pennell et al. (2015): "Model Adequacy and the Macroevolution of Angiosperm Functional Traits" .

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Time and place: Sep. 16, 2016 11:00 AM12:00 PM, Aquarium

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!

Time and place: Sep. 15, 2016 2:00 PM3:00 PM, Aquarium (3302)

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.

Time and place: Sep. 15, 2016 12:00 PM1:00 PM, The Aquarium

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).

Time and place: Sep. 12, 2016 2:15 PM3:15 PM, Room 3315

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.

Time and place: Sep. 9, 2016 11:00 AM12:00 PM, Aquarium

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?"

Time and place: Sep. 1, 2016 2:00 PM3:00 PM, Aquarium (3302)

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:

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ele.12628/full

Time and place: Aug. 29, 2016 3:15 PM4:15 PM, Room 3315

This journal club we will be discussing conflicting studies on two virulence factors that are important for the Yersinia genus, invasin and YadA.

Time and place: Aug. 26, 2016 11:00 AM12:00 PM, Aquarium

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!

Time and place: Aug. 15, 2016 3:15 PM4:15 PM, Room 3315

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.

Time and place: July 4, 2016 3:15 PM4:15 PM, Room 3315

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.

Time and place: June 24, 2016 11:00 AM12:00 PM, Aquarium

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

Time and place: June 17, 2016 11:00 AM12:00 PM, Room 3302

This Friday the 17th of June we will discuss a recent paper by Green & Sharpe (2015): "Positional information and reaction-diffusion: two big ideas in developmental biology combine".

 

Hope to see you there!

Time and place: June 10, 2016 11:00 AM12:00 PM, Room 3302

This Friday the 10th of June we will discuss a recent paper by Lawing et al. (2016): "Community functional trait composition at the continental scale: the effects of non-ecological processes."

Hope to see you there!

Time and place: June 2, 2016 2:00 PM3:00 PM, Aquarium (3302)

Trait-based demographic models such as IPMs relate not only future adult size but also offspring size to the current size of an individual. This is in stark contrast to the quantitative genetic approach, and may have consequences for the predictions of evolutionary dynamics.

We look into this issue with a recent paper from Chevin:

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/2041-210X.12389/full

 

Time and place: May 13, 2016 11:00 AM12:00 PM, Room 3302

This Friday the 13th of May we will discuss a recent paper by Chevin (2016): "Species selection and random drift in macroevolution".

Hope to see you there!