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  • Public defence of PhD thesis in Systematic Zoology

    2014-10-24, 13:00

    Inga Meyer-Wachsmuth will defend her PhD thesis "Through the magnifying glass - The big small world of marine meiofauna. Morphology, species and evolution in Nemertodermatida"

  • Licentiate seminar in Systematic Zoology

    2014-10-28, 10:00

    Jeanette Stålstedt will present her licentiate thesis "Taxonomy and species delimitation of water mites and velvet mites (Acariformes: Prostigmata, Parasitengonina)".

  • Seminar - Olaf Thalmann

    2014-10-28, 15:00

    Dr Olaf Thalmann, Uppsala University, will give a seminar entitled: "Old dog's legacy - canid evolution in light of small and large genomes". Olaf examines questions relating to evolutionary genetics and demography, using a diverse range of mammal taxa such as gorillas, raccoon dogs, and mammoths. Here he will present some of his work including a recent study on the origins of domestic dogs, which recently appeared in Science.

  • Master project in Ethology

    2014-11-04, 13:30

    Marlijn Sterenborg will present her master thesis: Food choice in fallow deer (Dama dama): spatial pattern of plant defence. Welcome! Ulrika Alm Bergvall

  • Seminar - Population Genetics/Genomics

    2014-11-07, 14:00

    Dr Marty Kardos, Uppsala University (Hans Ellegren's group) will give a seminar entitled: "Measuring individual inbreeding and inbreeding depression in the age of genomics" Marty is a former student of Fred Allendorf who will visit us at this time. Marty and Fred have worked together on the topic of this seminar. Join us for bear and snacks afterwards with a chance to discuss with both Marty and Fred. Welcome! /Linda

  • Joint seminar Zoology/EMB: Carol Lee (E306)

    2014-11-11, 13:30

    Prof. Carol Lee will give a seminar, jointly arranged with EMB: "Rapid Evolution during Habitat Transitions" More about Carol and her work here: http://carollee.labs.wisc.edu/Lee.html

  • "Blodbad" 2014

    2014-11-12, 10:00

    The ”Bloodbath” 2014 begins 10.00 on Wednesday November 12 and ends in the afternoon on Friday November 14. All active Ph.D. students and researchers at the Zoology Department are invited to participate and present a talk (each slot is 20 min. - ideally 15 min. talk and 5 min. discussion). Especially invited this year are Fred Allendorf (University of Montana), Charlotta Turner (Lund university), Anna Qvarnström (Uppsala university), Jochen Wolf (Uppsala university) and Mathias Osvath (Lund university). For more information contact Birgitta Tullberg or Sven Jakobsson. Last day for application is Friday October 31. Welcome! Birgitta & Sven "Blodbadet” 2014 börjar kl. 10:00 onsdagen den 12 november och slutar fredag 14 november på eftermiddagen. Samtliga forskarstuderande och disputerade på zoologiska institutionen inbjuds att presentera ett föredrag under detta minisymposium (varje "föredragssession" upptar 20 min i programmet - idealt 15 min. föredrag och 5 min. diskussion). Som vanligt presenteras föredragen på engelska. Särskilt inbjudna är Fred Allendorf (University of Montana), Charlotta Turner (Lund university), Anna Qvarnström (Uppsala university), Jochen Wolf (Uppsala university) och Mathias Osvath (Lund university). För mer information kontakta Birgitta Tullberg eller Sven Jakobsson. Sista anmälningsdag för deltagande är fredag 31 oktober. Varmt välkomna! Birgitta & Sven

  • Master thesis in Ethology

    2014-11-18, 13:00

    Eva Udén will present her master thesis "The relationship between testosterone, social status and behavior in male domestic fowl (Gallus gallus domesticus)". Welcome! //Anna Favati

  • Seminar Miriam A. Mosing and Fredrik Ullén, KI

    2014-11-25, 13:30

    "Has human music evolved through sexual selection?" Miriam A. Mosing and Fredrik Ullén, Dept of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet Abstract. Music is a universal feature of human culture, but little is known about its origins and functions. In this seminar, we will first give a brief overview of our current research programme on the neurogenetics of music, creativity, and expertise, and then discuss one influential theory of music evolution, i.e. the sexual selection hypothesis by Miller (2000). This hypothesis states that music evolved as a means to signal genetic quality to potential mates, and offers several testable predictions: First, musical skill and activity should be associated with greater mating success, as well as with other traits putatively related to genetic quality. Secondly, these associations should be, at least in part, due to overlapping genetic influences. We tested these predictions in a large genetically informative sample of Swedish twins, using musical aptitude and public music display as measures of musical ability. To assess mating success we examined number of sex partners, age of first intercourse, sociosexuality, and number of offspring. Measures of intelligence, reaction time, and height were used to investigate relationships with traits putatively related to genetic quality. In contrast to predictions, the majority of phenotypic associations between musical ability and mating success were non-significant or significant in the other direction, with those with greater musical ability scoring lower on the measures of mating success. All genetic correlations were non-significant. Further, while we found significant correlations between musical aptitude and other traits putatively related to genetic quality, including intelligence, reaction time, and, in males, height, only the association with intelligence was driven by overlapping genetic influences. Our findings provide little support for a role of sexual selection in the evolution of musical ability. Alternative explanations and limitations are discussed.

  • Licentiate seminar Sandra Stålhandske

    2014-12-02, 13:30

    Sandra Stålhandske defends her licentiate thesis "Spring phenology and post-winter development in a temperate butterfly". Opponent is Kjell Bolmgren, SLU. Welcome!! Olof Leimar

  • PhD dissertation Eleftheria Palkopoulou

    2014-12-18, 10:00

    Eleftheria Palkopoulou will defend her PhD thesis on ancient DNA from mammoths and collared lemmings. Opponent: Ed Green, University of Santa Cruz

  • Dissertation Karolina Tegelaar

    2015-02-06, 10:00

    Karolina Tegelaar defends her PhD thesis "Dynamics of the aphid-anat mutualism". Opponent is Prof. Judith Bronstein, University of Arizona. Welcome!! Olof Leimar