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Biology 506/507 ARCHIVE
Systematics and Evolution Forum
(2004/2005)


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Presentations in past years


SCHEDULE - 2004/2005

NOTE: ALL LECTURES WILL BE AT 3 PM IN BioSciences B121 (except those marked **).

Speakers with an asterisk (*) next to their name are registered students who will give a lecture on the specified topic.

Date
Presenter
Lecture Topic
Focal Paper
Sept. 13 Dr. Dave Walter
Biological Sciences,
University of Alberta
Evolutionary history of taxonomic keys  
Sept. 20 CANCELLED    
Sept. 27 Dr. Steve Vamosi
Biology
University of Calgary
Using experiments and comparative methods to explore diversification (none)
Oct. 4 Takuya Konishi*
Biological Sciences,
University of Alberta
Ontogenetic considerations in systematics: Examples from two fossil taxa Erickson, G. M., P. J. Makovicky, P. J. Currie, M. A. Norell, S. A. Yerby, and C. A. Brochu. 2004. Gigantism and comparative life-history parameters of tyrannosaurid dinosaurs. Nature 430:772-775
(download)
Oct. 11 No class (Thanksgiving break)  
Oct. 18 No class    
Oct. 25 Dr. Mike Caldwell
Biological Sciences,
University of Alberta
On the origins of snakes and other such things: Just what are we claiming to know? Vidal N. & S. B. Hedges. 2004. Molecular evidence for a terrestrial origin of snakes. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B (Suppl)
(download paper, download appendix)
Nov. 1 Braden Barr*
Biological Sciences,
University of Alberta
Adaptive phenotypic plasticity and its role in cladogenesis Adams, C.E., and F.A. Huntingford. 2004. Incipient speciation driven by phenotypic plasticity? Evidence from sympatric populations of Arctic charr. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 81:611-618
(download)
Nov. 8 Dr. Sally Leys
Biological Sciences,
University of Alberta
Sponge development: Finding the hallmarks of the metazoan body plan (or Shattering some sponge myths) King, N. 2004. The unicellular ancestry of animal development. Developmental Cell 7:313-325
(download)
Nov. 15 Dr. David Coltman
Biological Sciences,
University of Alberta
Molecular ecology meets quantitative genetics in bighorn sheep Coltman, D.W. et al. 2003. Undesirable evolutionary consequences of trophy hunting. Nature 426:655-658
(download)
Nov. 22 Glen Elliott
Biological Sciences,
University of Alberta
Sponge sneezing: All you ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask (none)
Nov. 29 TBA TBA TBA
Dec. 6 Lindsay MacKenzie*
Biological Sciences,
University of Alberta
Ancient horses: What teeth have to say about past habitats MacFadden, B.J., Solounias, N. and T. E. Cerling. 1999. Ancient Diets, Ecology, and Extinction of 5-Million-Year-Old Horses from Florida. Science 283:824-827.
(download)
Date
Presenter
WINTER TERM
Lecture Topic
Focal Paper
Jan. 10 Palmer/Proctor Organizational meeting for B506 students only  
Jan. 17 No class  
Jan. 24 Dr. Felix Sperling
Biological Sciences,
University of Alberta
Biogeographic origin of some swallowtail butterflies endemic to Madagascar Zakharov et al. 2004. Iindependent gene phylogenies and morphology demonstrate Malagasy origin for a wide-ranging group of swallowtail butterflies. Evolution 58(12) in press.
(download)
Jan. 31 Selena Smith
Biological Sciences,
University of Alberta
Fossils and DNA in a systematic study of the monocot order Alismatales  
Feb. 7 Kirsty Worley
Dept. Animal and Plant Sciences
University of Sheffield
Detecting natural selection from patterns of genetic variation in microsatellite loci: A case study in thinhorn sheep  
Feb. 14 Dr. Heather Proctor
Biological Sciences,
University of Alberta
The search for determinants of feather-mite richness: An object lesson in the importance of the ICZN Poulin, R. 1997. Species richness of parasite assemblages: Evolution and patterns. Annu. Rev. Ecol. Syst. 1997. 28:341-58
(download)
Feb. 21 no class Reading Week  
Feb. 28 Sean Bromilow *
Biological Sciences,
University of Alberta
The Strepsiptera Problem: When phylogeny and philosophy collide Pohl et al. 2005. Protoxenidae fam. nov. (Insecta, Strepsiptera) from Baltic amber - a 'missing link' in strepsipteran phylogeny. Zoologica Scripta 34:57-69.
(download)
Mar. 7 Stefan Little
Biological Sciences,
University of Alberta
Investigations of an Eocene Lauraceae: Fresh techniques using dead plants  
Mar. 14 Lisa Lumley *
Biological Sciences,
University of Alberta
Amplified fragment-length polymorphisms (AFLPs): The technique, comparison to other molecular methods, and applications in evolutionary biology Sullivan J. P. et al. 2004. AFLPs resolve phylogeny and reveal mitochondrial introgression within a species flock of African electric fish (Mormyroidea: Teleostei). Evolution 58:825-841.
(download)
Mar. 21 Dr. Mark Wilson
Biological Sciences,
University of Alberta
Evolutionary experiments in paired fins early in the history of vertebrates Bemis, W.E. and L. Grande. 1999. Development of the median fins of the North American paddlefish (Polyodon spathula), and a reevaluation of the lateral fin-fold hypothesis. In. Mesozoic Fishes 2 -- Systematics and Fossil Record (G. Arratia and H.-P. Schultze, Eds), p. 41-68
(contact Rich Palmer for a pdf copy, if you wish one)
Mar. 28 no class Easter Monday  
Apr. 4 Todd Cook *
Biological Sciences,
University of Alberta
The evolutionary history of vertebrate cranial and spinal nerves Fritzsch, B. and R. G. Northcutt. 1993. Cranial and spinal nerve organization in amphioxus and lampreys: Evidence for an ancestral craniate pattern. Acata Anatomica 148:96-109
(download) (beware- 7.5 MB!)
Apr. 11 Dr. Rich Palmer
Biological Sciences,
University of Alberta
The curious coiled cases of caddisfly larvae  

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