We will read two data driven papers this week: Ellegren, H., L. Smeds, R. Burri, P. I. Olason, N. Backström, T. Kawakami, A. Künstner, H. Mäkinen, K. Nadachowska-Brzyska, A. Qvarnström, S. Uebbing, and J. B. W. Wolf. 2012. The genomic landscape of species divergence in Ficedula flycatchers. Nature 491:756–760. [doi link] Wiley, C., A. Qvarnström, […]
To start our discussion of flycatchers we will read two reviews: Qvarnström, A., A. M. Rice and H. Ellegren. 2010. Speciation in Ficedula flycatchers. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 365:1841–1852. [doi link] Qvarnström, A. and R. I. Bailey. 2009. Speciation through evolution of sex-linked genes. Heredity 102:4–15. [doi link]
I wrote a tutorial on running structure analyses on the U of R BlueHive computer cluster. If you are interested, its posted on my blog.
This week we’ll critique the draft of my Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant. I will email a copy to the lab listserv this weekend.
This week’s lab meeting will be on the evolution of reproductive isolation. As most of you know, we are halfway through our own two-generation hybridization experiment to assess reproductive isolation between two distichoid species. Studies of reproductive isolation in insects, birds and mammals have revealed four general patters to the evolution of reproductive isolation: 1. […]
I’ve added a calendar to help us keep track of lab duties over the next month. You can see the calendar below, or view the full-size version.
Rather than read a book chapter this week, lets change gears. Dr Molly Cummings is the graduate student invited speaker this year and will be giving her seminar this Friday. To prepare, let’s read two of her recent papers on swordtail behavior. The first is a more traditional behavioral mate choice experiment and the second […]
This week in lab meeting we’ll be reading Hopi Hoekstra’s chapter, From Darwin to DNA: The Genetic Basis of Color Adaptations as well as a 2010 paper that examines the selective advantage of color crypsis in mice
This week we’ll read the chapter on fossil discovery and the origins of tetrapods by Ted Daeschler and Neil Shubin, pages 297-310. On Ted’s suggestion we will read Neil Shubin’s companion paper to the discovery/description of Tiktaalik. This paper deals with pectoral fin evolution and the origin of tetrapod limbs.
This week we’ll read Zuk and Orr’s chapter (pages 171-184) on sexual selection as well as a recent Zuk paper on male ornament evolution in field crickets. If you don’t get the references above, you will once you get through the readings.