Current Topics in Zoology and Evolution

The "Institutskolloquium" of DUW Zoology

Spring Term 2022

Due to the ongoing Corona pandemic the format of this seminar is variable. On some dates we will meet in person, at other dates the format will be online. Please check the table below about the format of specific dates. A zoom link (online events) and place (in person events) will be communicated to all members of zoology and to everybody registered for the seminar in the week before the seminar starts.

In the spring term the seminars usually take place every Monday at 11:15.

Week Date Speaker, Affiliation Title* Format* Host
1 21.2. no seminar
2 28.2. Geoff Cumming, La Trobe University, Melbourne The New Statistics: intervals, estimation & beyond online Valentin Amrhein
3 7.3. Basler Fasnacht
4 14.3. Uwe Irion, MPI Tübingen Evolution of Pigment Patterning in Danio Fish online Patrick Tschopp
5 21.3. Mark Ravinet, University of Nottingham Evolution of human commensalism in Passer sparrows online Daniel Berner
6 28.3. Simone Immler, University of East Anglia The causes and consequences of haploid gametic selection in 'diploid' organisms in person dieter ebert
7 4.4. Jukka Jokela, EAWAG & ETHZ Rise and fall of host resistance in person  Lukas Schärer
8 11.4. Jono Henshaw, Uni Freiburg The mechanisms of sexual selection  in person  Lukas Schärer
9 18.4. Easter Monday
10 25.4. Pia Anderwald, Swiss National Park Interactions between ungulate species in the Swiss National Park in person Valentin Amrhein
11 2.5. Rachel Spinks, James Cook University, Australia Can phenotypic plasticity help coral reef fishes adjust rapidly to ocean warming? in person Walter Salzburger
12 9.5. Marie-Anne Felix, IBENS Varying rates of phenotypic evolution: the case of the nematode vulva in person Patrick Tschopp
13 16.5. Claudia Bank, University of Berne Epistasis and adaptation on fitness landscapes in person dieter ebert
14 23.5. Patrice David, University of Montpellier Cytoplasmic male sterility: a genetic conflict over sex in animals online Lukas Schärer
15 30.5. Kay Lucek, U Basel Patterns of speciation across macro- and microevolutionary scales in Erebia butterflies in person Daniel Berner

* tba: to be anounced

Credit points

To obtain credit points for participation in the “Institutskolloquium Zoologie” it is necessary to attend the seminar regularly (sign the list after the seminar) and to write an essay about one of the seminars. Any seminar (except the last two in the term) can be chosen. The essay should be about 3 pages long und should be written in the style of a report/summary of the presentation. It should also include the main points of the discussion. We prefer essays in English. The essay should be handed in (as a file and in printed form) to the host of the seminar speaker (as listed on the webpage). The host of this particular seminar will then send an email to the person responsible for the credit points of the seminar, informing him whether the essay was acceptable or not. An unacceptable essay can be repeated on another occasion.

Deadline for handing the essay in is the last seminar of the term.

The seminar is open to all members of zoology and all Master students. For students in a BSc program the succesful completion of the following first year biology lectures is required: Bau und Vielfalt der Tiere (10316-01), Evolutionsbiologie (10575-01) und Ökologie und Naturschutzbiologie (10234-01).

It is possible to obtain credit points for this seminar more than once.

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