Journal clubs - Page 6

Time and place: May 3, 2016 2:00 PM3:00 PM, Aquarium (3302)

In a recent session, discussion rose about reproductive value and fitness. In fact, there is much controversy concerning definitions, and while the definition of reproductive value is relatively straightforward, its  interpretation, in particular as a fitness measure, is more confusing.

For this session, we want to look a bit more into that topic, starting off with Jacob Moorad's recent paper:

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1890/13-0778.1/full

Time and place: Apr. 29, 2016 11:00 AM12:00 PM, Room 3302

This Friday the 29nd of April we will discuss a recent paper by our former CEES colleague Mark Grabowski : "Bigger brains led to bigger bodies?: The correlated evolution of human brain and body size". You can read some of the press cover about the article here.

Come discuss the evolution of our genus!

Time and place: Apr. 28, 2016 12:00 PM1:00 PM, The Aquarium

This thursday, at the Speciation Journal Club, we will discuss a paper entitled "Ancient horizontal transfers of retrotransposons between birds and ancestors of human pathogenic nematodes"

by Suh et al. 2016 (Nature Communications)

Time and place: Apr. 22, 2016 11:00 AM12:00 PM, Room 3302

This Friday the 22nd of April we will discuss a paper by Kaji et al. (2016): "Functional transformation series and the evolutionary origin of novel forms: evidence from a remarkable termite defensive organ".

Hope to see you there!

Time and place: Apr. 21, 2016 2:00 PM3:00 PM, Aquarium (3302)

Population models such as IPM's allow the inclusion of continuous traits for demographic analysis, and therefore the tracking of phenotypic change over time. Especially in the case of rapid phenotypic change, it was therefore only a matter of time until methods were developed to identify the sources of such change as evolution, plasticity or demography. One such method is the age-structured Price equation, developed by Coulson & Tuljapurkar in the paper we are discussing this session:

"The Dynamics of a Quantitative Trait in an Age-structured Population Living in a Variable Environment" (Coulson & Tuljapurkar 2008)

http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/10.1086/591693

 

Time and place: Apr. 21, 2016 12:00 PM1:00 PM, The Aquarium

This thursday, at the Speciation Journal Club, we will discuss a paper entitled 

"Determining epistatic selection in admixed populations" by Schumer and Brandvain 2016 (Molecular Ecology)

Time and place: Apr. 15, 2016 11:00 AM12:00 PM, Room 3302

This Friday the 15th of April we will discuss a paper by Benson et al. (2016): "Near-Stasis in the Long-Term Diversification of Mesozoic Tetrapods".

Hope to see you there!

Time and place: Apr. 14, 2016 12:00 PM1:00 PM, The Aquarium

This thursday, at the Speciation Journal Club, we will discuss a paper entitled 

"Excavating Neandertal and Denisovan DNA from the genomes of Melanesian individuals" by Vernot et al. 2016 (Science)

Time and place: Apr. 8, 2016 11:00 AM12:00 PM, Room 3302

This Friday the 8th of April we will discuss a paper by Mueller and Newman (2005): "The innovation triad: an EvoDevo agenda".

Hope to see you there!

Time and place: Apr. 7, 2016 12:00 PM1:00 PM, The Aquarium

This thursday, at the Speciation Journal Club, we will discuss a paper on Genomic introgression in sticklebacks by Yoshida et al. 2016 (Ecology and Evolution)

Time and place: Apr. 1, 2016 11:00 AM12:00 PM, Room 3302

This Friday the 1st of April we will discuss a paper by Thurman and Barrett (2016): "The genetic consequences of selection in natural populations." Hope to see you there!

Time and place: Mar. 31, 2016 2:00 PM3:00 PM, Aquarium (3302)

Traditional population models are often limited to the female half of the population, but acknowledgement of the importance of males is spreading. There are fundamental differences between male and female demographies, and these differences can strongly affect population dynamics and provide important insights into the evolution of life histories.

In this upcoming session, we will be discussing a recent paper dealing with sex-specific demography and its abilities to inform life history theory:

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v526/n7572/abs/nature14968.html

 

 

Time and place: Mar. 18, 2016 11:00 AM12:00 PM, Room 3302

This Friday the 18th of March we will discuss an EvoDevo paper by Levin et al. 2016: "The mid-developmental transition and the evolution of animal body plans”.

Please mind the change of location, we will be permanently moving to the "Aquarium" (3rd floor, 3302). 

Time and place: Mar. 17, 2016 12:00 PM1:00 PM, The Aquarium

This thursday, at the Speciation Journal Club, we will discuss a paper on Hybridization and Genome Stabilization by Schumer et al. 2016 (Molecular Ecology)

Time and place: Mar. 11, 2016 11:00 AM12:00 PM, Room 3302

This Friday the 11th of March we will be discussing mass extinctions and a paper from Barnosky et al. 2011: "Has the Earth’s sixth mass extinction already arrived?".

Please mind the change of location, we will be permanently moving to the "Aquarium" (3rd floor, 3302). 

Time and place: Mar. 10, 2016 2:00 PM3:00 PM, Aquarium (3302)

Usually, we model demographic rates and use them to make inferences about population-level processes. The idea of doing the reverse - using population time-series to make conclusions about demographic rates - is not new, but challenging and bound by many assumptions.

In this session, we will discuss a very recent paper on reverse parameter estimation using IPM methodology, to see what new developments have been made for this idea.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/2041-210X.12519/abstract

 

Time and place: Mar. 10, 2016 12:00 PM1:00 PM, The Aquarium

This thursday, at the Speciation Journal Club, we will discuss a paper on Genomics of Rapid Incipient Speciation in Sympatric Threespine Stickleback, by Marques et al. 2016

Time and place: Feb. 26, 2016 11:00 AM12:00 PM, Room 3302

This Friday the 26th of February we will discuss a paper from Sieg at al. 2009: "Mammalian metabolic allometry: do intraspecific variation, phylogeny, and regression models matter?"

Please mind the change of location, we will be permanently moving to the "Aquarium" (3rd floor, 3302). 

Time and place: Feb. 25, 2016 2:00 PM3:00 PM, Aquarium (3302)

This week we will look at a paper that investigated the connection between autocorrelation and individual heterogeneity, as well as the consequences of ignoring them. Furthermore, we will discuss how to handle these two issues, particularly BEFORE diving too deep into analyses.

Time and place: Feb. 25, 2016 12:00 PM1:00 PM, The Aquarium

This thursday, at the Speciation Journal Club, we will discuss a paper on how gene flow from North Africa contributes to differential human genetic diversity in southern Europe, by Botigué et al. 2013

Time and place: Feb. 19, 2016 11:00 AM12:00 PM, Room 3302

This Friday the 19th of February we will discuss a paper from Jaeger and Monk, 2014: "Bioattractors: dynamical systems theory and the evolution of regulatory processes". Please mind the change of location, we will be permanently moving to the "Aquarium" (3rd floor, 3302). 

Time and place: Feb. 18, 2016 12:00 PM1:00 PM, The Aquarium

This thursday, at the Speciation Journal Club, we will discuss a paper on the extent of parallelism in genomic divergence in cichlid adaptive radiations by Mc Gee et al. 2016 in Molecular Ecology.  

Time and place: Feb. 11, 2016 2:00 PM3:00 PM, Room 3302 (Aquarium)

We will discuss the basics underlying the construction and analysis of Integral Projection Models (IPMs), a class of structured population models which allow the inclusion of continuous individual covariates such as body size.

In doing so, we discuss a recent paper coming from our midst with an interesting extension of the standard IPM methodology:

"Individual heterogeneity in life histories and eco-evolutionary dynamics" (Vindenes & Langangen, 2015)

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ele.12421/full

 

Time and place: Feb. 5, 2016 11:00 AM12:00 PM, Room 3513

The journal club is back and this Friday 5th of February we will start with a paper from 2015 on Tempo and Mode in phylogenetic comparative methods (Kaliontzopoulou and Adams). Same time and place!

Time and place: Jan. 21, 2016 12:00 PM1:00 PM, The Aquarium

This week we’ll discuss a paper by vonHoldt and collaborators in Genome Research from 2011 and a short, but interesting follow up by Rutledge et.al, published in 2015 in Biology Letters.