Lab Meeting 28 March: Sticklebacks and the genetics of adaptation

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We’re going to switch topics to sticklebacks for the next 3 weeks, and there’s plenty to talk about. I’d like to begin with consideration of research exploring the genetic architecture of ecomorph traits in sticklebacks, and how these studies contribute to resolving outstanding, largely theoretical debates about the the nature of adaptive evolution. So we’ll […]

Lab Meeting, 19 April

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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 […]

Lab Meeting on Fishapods, 8 March

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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.

Lab Meeting, Wed 15th Feb

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For this week’s lab meeting, we’ll be reading Normand et al. (2011). While this is not from Am. Nat’s special issue, this paper still explores the ecological and evolutionary limits to geographic ranges in European plant species. We’ll also use this week’s lab meeting to decide whether we still want to continue on this topic […]