Current Topics in Zoology and Evolution

The "Institutskolloquium" of the Zoological Institute

Fall Term 2016

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.

Week Date Speaker Title Host
1 19.9.
2 26.9. Lev Yampolsky, East Tennessee State University Trying to understand the physiology of thermal tolerance Dieter Ebert
3 3.10
4 10.10. Eric Allan, Uni Bern Land use intensification, biodiversity loss and ecosystem functioning: a multitrophic perspective Tobias Roth/ Valentin Amrhein
5 17.10. Christopher Wheat, Uni Stockholm Genomic insights into local adaptation in butterflies Madlen Stange
6 24.10. Julien Roux, SIB, DEE UniL Selective constraints on coding sequences of nervous system genes are a major determinant of duplicate gene retention in vertebrates Patrick Tschopp
7 31.10. Andreas Wagner, Uni Zürich Cryptic variation, noise, and innovation in the simplest molecular systems Dieter Ebert
8 7.11. Stefan Lüpold, Uni Zürich Big horns, but small balls? Big sperm, but not a lot? Maybe so, but maybe not. Lukas Schärer
9 14.11. Sven Cichon, Uni Basel A manic depressive history: the genetic dissection of complex neuropsychiatric disorders Dieter Ebert
10 21.11. Reade Roberts, North Carolina State University Dietary adaptation and sex determination: Rapid evolution of fundamental traits in East African cichlids Astrid Böhne
11 28.11. Steve Ramm, Uni Bielefed Sex allocation plasticity in hermaphrodites: integrating molecular and phenotypic perspectives Lukas Schärer
12 5.12. Simone Fior, ETH Zürich Exploring the genomics of altitudinal adaptation in carnation Daniel Berner
13 12.12. Mathias Wegner, AWI Waddenseastation Sylt Microbes, diesease & invasions - Nature’s toolbox to study rapid adaptation in the wild Dieter Ebert
14 19.12. Judith Korb, Uni Freiburg, Germany Social evolution in termites: a comprehensive approach from ecology to genomics Dieter Ebert

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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