Evolution discussion group

Welcome to the Evolution Discussion Group (EDG) at the Zoology Department of the University of British Columbia.

We meet at 12:00 noon on Fridays in Biodiversity room 224 (the big meeting room on the second floor). Our purpose is to discuss recent research papers in evolutionary biology.

All graduate students, postdocs, and faculty interested in evolutionary biology are welcome. Feel free to bring your lunch.

For information about subscribing to the mailing list and previous papers discussed please see the bottom of this page

Current schedule

Date Presenter Paper
January 11 Ken Thompson Comeault et al. 2018 Genetic divergence and the number of hybridizing species affect the path to homoploid hybrid speciation
January 18 Silu Wang Morales et al. 2018 Concordant divergence of mitogenomes and a mitonuclear gene cluster in bird lineages inhabiting different climates
January 25 Uriel Garcilazo Cruz Merot et al. 2018 Intercontinental karyotype–environment parallelism supports a role for a chromosomal inversion in local adaptation in a seaweed fly
February 1 Steph Blain Stewart and Rice 2018 Arrest of sex-specific adaptation during the evolution of sexual dimorphism in Drosophila
February 8 Mackenzie Urquhart-Cronish Hotaling et al. 2018 Demographic modelling reveals a history of divergence with gene flow for a glacially tied stonefly in a changing post-Pleistocene landscape
February 15 Pirmin Nietlisbach Noel et al. 2019 Sexual selection and inbreeding: Two efficient ways to limit the accumulation of deleterious mutations
February 22 No EDG Reading Week
March 1 Ophelie Ronce Brembs 2019 Reliable novelty: New should not trump true
March 8 Andrea Thomaz Torres et al. 2018 Human demographic history has amplified the effects of background selection across the genome
March 15 Maddie Ore Gienapp et al. 2008 Climate change and evolution: disentangling environmental and genetic responses
March 22 Barbara Neto-Bradley Spriggs et al. 2018 Leaf Form Evolution in Viburnum Parallels Variation within Individual Plants
March 29 Libby Natola Serrato-Capuchina and Matute 2018 The role of transposable elements in speciation
April 5 Gil Henriques Alavioon et al. 2019 Selection for longer lived sperm within ejaculate reduces reproductive ageing in offspring
April 12 Tom Booker Martin et al. 2019 Recombination rate variation shapes barriers to introgression across butterfly genomes
April 19 No EDG Good Friday
April 26 No EDG Zoology Spring Research Symposium
May 3 Ailene MacPherson Papkou et al. 2018 The genomic basis of Red Queen dynamics during rapid reciprocal host–pathogen coevolution

Suggested Papers

  • Google Doc of Suggested Papers.
  • Mailing list information

    The email address for edg is: edg@zoology.ubc.ca

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