Journal Club

Fall Term 2007

The Journal Club takes place every Tuesday during term, from 11:15-12:00, in the seminar room of the Zoological Institute (Vesalgasse 1, first floor). For questions regarding this seminar please contact Lukas Schärer ( or 061/ 267 03 66).

Date Paper to be read and discussed presented by
18.9. an initial meeting to explain the aims and to distribute the slots Mathias Kölliker, Dieter Ebert
25.9. Innes et al. (2000). Avoiding the cost of males in obligately asexual Daphnia pulex (Leydig). Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. B 267, 991-997. David Duneau
2.10. Nidelet & Kaltz (2007). Direct and correlated responses to selection in a host–parasite system: testing for the emergence of genotype specificity. Evolution 61, 1803-1811. Benjamin Lange
9.10. Shultz & Dunbar (2007). The evolution of the social brain: anthropoid primates contrast with other vertebrates. Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. B 274, 2429-2436.
Claudio Kugler
16.10. Verdu & al. (2007). Burning phylogenies: fire, molecular evolutionary rates, and diversification. Evolution 61, 2195-2204. Beatrice Krummen
23.10. Diggle & al. (2007). Evolutionary theory of bacterial quorum sensing: when is a signal not a signal? Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 362, 1241-1249. Flore Mas

Reusch et al. (2005). Ecosystem recovery after climatic extremes enhanced by genotypic diversity. PNAS 102, 2826–2831.
In addition Pepijn suggests to read this optional paper: Crutsinger et al. (2006). Plant genotypic diversity predicts community structure and governs an ecosystem process. Science 313: 966-968.

Pepijn Luijckx
6.11. Brites et al. (in prep.). A Dscam homologue in the crustacean Daphnia is diversified by alternative splicing like in insects.
Daniela Brites
13.11. Fukami et al. (2007). Immigration history controls diversification in experimental adaptive radiation. Nature 446, 436-439.
Annette Bieger
20.11. Ekstrom et al. (2007). Unusual sex roles in a highly promiscuous parrot: the Greater Vasa Parrot Caracopsis vasa. Ibis 149, 313-320. Peter Sandner
27.11. Ryan et al. (2007). Ecological speciation in South Atlantic island finches. Science 315, 1420-1423.
Moritz Muschick
4.12. Reinhardt et al. (2007). Female-limited polymorphism in the copulatory organ of a traumatically inseminating insect. Am. Nat. 170, 931-935. Tim Janicke
11.12. Charlat et al. (2007). Male-killing bacteria trigger a cycle of increasing male fatigue and female promiscuity. Current Biology 17, 273–277. Adrian Baumeyer
18.12. Barreto & McCartney (2007). Extraordinary AFLP fingerprint similarity despite strong assortative mating between reef fish color morphospecies. Evolution doi:10.1111/j.1558-5646.2007.00285.x Frauke Münzel

The Journal Club Seminar allows you to learn an important skill for a scientist, namely to critically evaluate publications in the primary scientific literature. Why is a study interesting? Is it experimetnally well performed and analysed correctly? Are the conclusions justified or do the authors over-interpreted their findings? Questions such as these are often not easy to answer for beginning scientists.

The participants of the Journal Club Seminar present papers they find particularly interesting (or questionable) and will get constructive feedback from the other participants.

In order to receive the 2 KPs for this course the participants need to present a paper during the Seminar and write an essay (in English, about 3 pages, with references), which briefly summarizes the presented paper and which outlines the main points we discussed.