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Biology 506/507 ARCHIVE
Systematics and Evolution Forum
(2005/2006)


Instructors:


Course Overview:


Resources for students registered in BIOL 506:


Presentations in past years


SCHEDULE - 2005/2006

NOTE: ALL LECTURES WILL BE AT 3 PM IN BioSciences Microbiology Wing M145 (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
FALL TERM 2005
Lecture Topic
Focal Paper
Sept. 12 Dr. Rob Wilson
Dept. of Philosophy,
University of Alberta
Myxomatosis and the Levels of Selection Wilson. R.A. 2004. Test Cases, Resolvability, and Group Selection: A Critical Examination of the Myxoma Case. Philosophy of Science 71:380-401.
(download)
Sept. 19 Heather Proctor & Steve Kembel
Biological Sciences,
University of Alberta
Harrison's rule and feather mites  
Sept. 26 Thomas Simonsen
Biological Sciences,
University of Alberta
(PDF- Sperling)
Lepidoptera wing vestiture: Morphology, function and evolutionary aspects  
Oct. 3 No class
(Candidacy exam conflict)
   
Oct. 10 No class (Thanksgiving break)  
Oct. 17 Holly Parkis*
Biological Sciences,
University of Alberta
(PhD- Palmer)
Hard parts: The evolution of calcium carbonate skeletons in invertebrates Marin et al. 1996. Skeletal matrices, muci, and the origin of invertebrate calcification. Proc. Nat'l. Acad. Sci. USA 93:1554-1559.
(download)
Oct. 24 Dr. Witt Taylor
Arizona State University
Tales from the Tertiary: An overview of the Almont flora  
Oct. 31 Wayne Knee*
Biological Sciences,
University of Alberta
(MSc- Proctor)
The state of behavioural characters in phylogenetic studies McCracken, K.G. and F.H. Sheldon. 1997. Avian vocalizations and phylogenetic signal. PNAS 94:3833-3836.
(download)
Nov. 7 Kurt Konhauser
Earth & Atmospheric Sciences,
University of Alberta
Microbial silicification and Precambrian fossil formation  
Nov. 14 Marie Djernaes*
Biological Sciences,
University of Alberta
(PhD- Sperling)
Evolution of insect wings Marden, J.H. 2003. The surface-skimming hypothesis for the evolution of insect flight. Acta zoologica cracoviensia 46:73-84.
(download)
Nov. 21 Dr. Brian Chatterton
Earth & Atmospheric Sciences,
University of Alberta
Hide and seek in the Paleozoic: Trilobite lifestyles, functional morphology and systematics  
Nov. 28 Lisa Buckley*
Biological Sciences,
University of Alberta
(MSc- Currie)
Inferring reproductive physiology and behavior in the Dinosauria from the fossil record Schweitzer. et al. 2005. Gender-specific reproductive tissue in ratites and Tyrannosaurus rex. Science 308:1456-1460.
(download)
Dec. 5 Vazrick Nazari
Biological Sciences,
University of Alberta
(MSc- Sperling)
Phylogeny of Apollo butterflies  
Date
Presenter
WINTER TERM 2006
Lecture Topic
** NOTE ROOM CHANGE TO M145 **
Focal Paper
Jan. 9 Palmer/Proctor Organizational meeting for B506 students only  
Jan. 16 **
2 PM
M145
Dr. Robert Reisz
Dept. of Biology,
Univ. of Toronto, Mississauga
The oldest dinosaur embryos and their evolutionary significance
**NOTE TIME CHANGE** 2 PM
Reisz, R.R. et al. 2005. Embryos of an early Jurassic prosauropod dinosaur and their evolutionary significance. Science 309:761-764.
(download)
Jan. 23**
4 PM
1-1017 ETLC
Dr. Jocelyn Hall
Dept. of Organismic and Evolution Biology,
Harvard University
(Candidate for Plant Systematics Pos'n)
Systematics and morphological evolution in the flowers and fruits of Capparaceae, Brassicaceae and relatives
**NOTE TIME & ROOM CHANGE**
4:00 PM, 1-1017 ETLC

(Engineering Teaching Learning Centre)
 
Jan. 30
3 PM
M145
TBA    
Feb. 6
3 PM
M145
Dr. Maya Evenden
Biological Sciences,
University of Alberta
Inheritance and evolution of sex pheromone response in moths: Implications or pheromone-based management  
Feb. 13
3 PM
M145
Chris Neufeld
Biological Sciences,
University of Alberta
(MSc- Palmer)
Blowing in the waves: Phenotypic plasticity of barnacle appendages  
Feb. 20 no class Reading Week  
Feb. 27
3 PM
M145
Steve Karafit
Biological Sciences,
University of Alberta
(MSc- Stockey)
Modern Ferns: Relics of the Past, or the Result of Coevolution With Angiosperms? Schneider et al. 2004. Ferns diversified in the shadow of angiosperms. Nature 428:553-557.
(download)
Mar. 6
3 PM
M145
Dr. Raoul Mutter
Department of Palaeontology
Natural History Museum, London
The role of sharks in the Permo-Triassic mass extinction and recovery scenario TBA
Mar. 13
3 PM
M145
Stephanie Nakada
Biological Sciences,
University of Alberta
(MSc- Coltman)
Evolution of the prion protein: Kuru and other spongiform disease Slate, J. 2005. Molecular evolution of the sheep prion protein gene. Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. B272, 2371-2377.
(download)
Mar. 20
3 PM
M145
Mike Caldwell
Biological Sciences,
University of Alberta
"My summer on Mars" (sic)  
Mar. 27
3 PM
M145
Jessica Hawthorn
Biological Sciences,
University of Alberta
(MSc- Wilson)
Interpreting rates of evolution in the fossil record Benton M.J. & P.N. Pearson. 2001. Speciation in the fossil record. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 16:405-411.
(download)
Apr. 3
3 PM
M145
Takuya Konishi
Biological Sciences,
University of Alberta
(MSc- Caldwell)
One of the finest specimens of Platecarpus (Squamata: Mosasauridae) permits re-diagnosis for one of the most enigmatic species of the genus, P. planifrons Cope, 1874  
Apr. 10
3 PM
M145
Arthur Anker*,
Shayne Ahyong+,
Rich Palmer (presenter)*
& Pierre Noel++

*Biological Sciences,
University of Alberta
+ Dept. Marine Invertebrates,
Australian Museum
++ Mus. National d'Histoire Naturelle,
Paris
Phylogeny of the shrimp family Alpheidae: Origin and evolutionary significance of a morphological novelty, the snapping claw  

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