Current Topics in Zoology and Evolution

The "Institutskolloquium" of the Zoological Institute

Fall Term 2015

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

siehe auch: Online Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Week Date Speaker Title Host
1 14.9. Frédéric Guillaume, University of Zurich Limits to adaptation of multiple traits and the evolution of pleiotropy Dieter Ebert
2 21.9. W. Salzburger/ F. Ronco/ A. Indermaur Where the crocodiles sing: Exploring the diversity of cichlid fishes in East African Lake Tanganyika internal speaker, no essays
3 28.9 Johannes Achatz, University of Innsbruck The Acoela: an enigmatic group of basal Bilateria Lukas Schärer
4 5.10. Lukas Schärer, Universität Basel Male and female from a hermaphrodite vantage-point internal speaker, no essays
5 12.10. Daniel Wegmann, Universität Fribourg, Schweiz Model based inference of evolutionary histories Dieter Ebert
6 19.10.
7 26.10. Laurent Excoffier, University of Bern Evidence of a mutation load created by human range expansions Peter Fields, Dieter Ebert
8 2.11. Oscar Puebla, GEOMAR, Kiel Speciation in coral reef fishes (Hypoplectrus spp.) Lukas Schärer, Walter Salzburger
9 9.11. Ralf J. Sommer, MPI, Tübingen Developmental Plasticity: from switch genes to epigenetics and capacitation Gilberto Bento, Dieter Ebert
10 16.11. Christopher Laumer, EMBL-EBI and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute Isolated branches in the phylogeny of Platyhelminthes Lukas Schärer
11 23.11.
12 30.11.
13 7.12. Timo Thünken, Universität Bonn Selective forces in a cichlid fish model system – on adaptive inbreeding, sexual selection and environmental effects Walter Salzburger
14 14.12.

Credit points

To obtain credit points for participation in this seminar, 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 a summary of 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.

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 Dieter Ebert at the beginning of the term.

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