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Biology 506/507 ARCHIVE
Systematics and Evolution Forum
(2008/2009)


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Presentations in past years


SCHEDULE - 2008/2009

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

Date
Place
Presenter
(program, supervisor)
WINTER TERM 2009
Lecture Topic
Focal Paper
Jan. 5 Rich Palmer
Organizational meeting
 
Jan. 12
3 PM
B105
  (no class)  
Jan. 19
3 PM
B105
Scott Persons*
Biological Sciences,
University of Alberta
(MSc- Currie)
Convergent evolution of saber-teeth in cats, marsupials, and gorgonopsid proto-mammals Feranec, R.S. 2004. Isotopic evidence of saber-tooth development, growth rate, and diet from the adult canine of Smilodon fatalis from Rancho La Brea. Palaeo3 206:33-310.
(download)
Jan. 26
3 PM
B105
Lisa Buckley*
Biological Sciences,
University of Alberta
(PhD- Currie)
Brood parasitism strategies in extant birds and inferring this behavior in the fossil record Hale K. and J.V. Briskie. 2007. Response of introduced European birds in New Zealand to experimental brood parasitism. J. Avian Biol. 38:198-204.
(download)
Feb. 2
3 PM
B105
Victoria Arbour*
Biological Sciences,
University of Alberta
(PhD- Currie)
The evolutionary history of Sirenians (sea cows) Domning, D.P. 2001. The earliest known fully quadrupedal sirenian. Nature 413:625-627
(download)
Feb. 9
3 PM
B105
Brad Scott*
Biological Sciences,
University of Alberta
(MSc- Wilson)
Extinction, not a big deal?: Understanding Mass Extinctions as more than just extinction Bambach et al. 2004. Origination, extinction, and mass depletions of marine diversity. Paleobiology 30: 522-542
(download)
Feb. 16
(no class)
Reading Week
 
Feb. 23
3 PM
B105
Stephanie Blais*
Biological Sciences,
University of Alberta
(MSc- Wilson)
Coping with climate change: Phenology, phenotypic plasticity, and evolution Nussey et al. 2005. Selection on heritable phenotypic plasticity in a wild bird population. Science 310:.304-306.
(download)
Mar. 2
3 PM
B105
Andrew Wendruff*
Biological Sciences,
University of Alberta
(MSc- Wilson)
Extraordinary diversity in Upper Carboniferous tetrapods Carroll, R.L. 2003. The origin and early radiation of terrestrial vertebrates. J. Paleont. 75:120-1213.
(download)
Mar. 9
3 PM
B105
Bryan Brunet*
Biological Sciences,
University of Alberta
(MSc- Sperling)
Homoploid hybrid speciation: Understanding it as more than just a reproductive mistake Mavarez et al. 2006. Speciation by hybridization in Heliconius butterflies. Nature 441:868-871.
(download)
Mar. 16
3 PM
B105
Aaron LeBlanc*
Biological Sciences,
University of Alberta
(MSc- Caldwell)
The Ediacaran fauna: Modest beginnings or a dead end? Xiao and Laflamme 2008. On the eve of animal radiation: phylogeny, ecology and evolution of the Ediacara biota. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 24:31-40.
(download)
TUESDAY
Mar. 17
3:30 PM
M145
Dr. Nathalie Isabel
Canadian Forest Service,
Quebec City
**SPECIAL SEMINAR**
Combining modelling and population genomic approaches to monitor introgression from exotic poplars to their wild relatives: an alternative method to assess the risks posed by trees with novel traits
 
Mar. 23
3 PM
B105
Tomomi Matsumoto*
Biological Sciences,
University of Alberta
(MSc- Coltman)
Prions - unconventional mode of inheritance and evolution Tanaka et al. 2004. Conformational variations in an infectious protein determine prion strain differences. Nature 428:323-327.
(download)
FRIDAY
Mar. 27
2 PM
M145
Dr. Billie Swalla
Biology Department,
University of Washington
**SPECIAL SEMINAR**
How Genomes and development create novel body plans: Investigations into chordate origins
 
Mar. 30
3 PM
B105
Kurtis Hayne*
Biological Sciences,
University of Alberta
(MSc- Palmer)
The evolution of multi-host parasite systems and the strategies therein Lafferty, K.D. 1999. The evolution of trophic transmission. Parasitology Today 15:111-115.
(download)
Apr. 6
2 PM
M145
Dr. Gerald R. Smith
Museum of Zoology,
University of Michigan
Cenozoic History of North American Freshwater Fishes
**NOTE TIME CHANGE**
 

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