Current Research in Zoology and Evolution

The Institutskolloquium of the Zoological Institute

Spring Term 2013

The seminars take usually place every Monday during term time at 11:15 in the small lecture hall of the Zoological Institute (kleiner Hörsaal, Vesalgasse 1, 1st floor).

Week Date Speaker Title Host
1 25.2. no seminars
2 4.3 Reinhardt Kristensen The discovery of three phyla: Loricifera, Cycliophora and Micrognathozoa Ricardo Neves
3 11.3. no seminar, speaker cancelled
4 18.3. Steve Perlmann, University of Victoria, Canada Flies, worms, and bacteria: Ecology and evolution of defensive symbiosis Dieter Ebert
5 25.3. John Colbourne, Uni Birmingham, UK Environmental Genomics of Natural Daphnia Populations Dieter Ebert
6 1.4. no seminar, Easter -
7 8.4.
8 15.4. Alessandro Cellerino, Leibnitz Institute of Age Research (Germany) and Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa (Italy) Annual fish of the genus Nothobranchius as a model system to study biology of ageing and life history Zuzana Musilova, Walter Salzburger
9 22.4. Kathleen Sprouffske (University of Zurich) Why aren't all cells in neoplasms cancer stem cells? An evolutionary explanation for cancer non-stem cells Lukas Schärer
10 29.4. Caroline Müller, University of Bielefeld Influences of plant quality on behaviour and evolution of herbivorous insects Mathias Kölliker
11 6.5. Fabrice Helfenstein, University of Neuchâtel Oxidative stress in the life of great tits: constraint, trade-offs and relations to fitness. Shirley Raveh and Mathias Kölliker
12 13.5. Greg Velicer, ETH Zurich Evolutionary social fragmentation of a cooperative bacterium Dieter Ebert
13 20.5. no seminar, Whit Monday -
14 27.5. Irene Keller, Eawag Population genomics of Lake Victoria cichlids and Alpine trouts Daniel Berner
15 3.6. Jenny Boughman Speciation by divergent (not strong) sexual selection Walter Salzburger

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), who will go over it and return it to you with comments. 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.

It is possible to obtain credit points for the Institutskolloqium more than once. To do so, a "Studienvertrag" has to be produced, which needs to be signed by the responsible docent of the seminar at the beginning of the term.

Current Term's Seminars