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Biology 506
Systematics and Evolution Forum

Felix Sperling
Room: ES 208B, Biological Sciences
Phone: (780) 492-3991
Fax: (780) 492-9234

Course Overview:

Resources for students registered in BIOL 506:

Presentations in past years

SCHEDULE - 2011/2012

Speakers with an asterisk (*) next to their name are registered students in the course who will give a lecture on the specified topic. The remaining talks are research presentations.

(program, supervisor)
Lecture Topic
Focal Paper

Jan. 9
3 pm

  introduction and scheduling  
Jan. 16
3 pm
Scott Persons, Biological Sciences, University of Alberta (PhD - Currie)
Title of lecture: “Thunder Fish: the Evolution of Electrogenesis”
Focal paper: Czech-Damal et al. 2012. Electroreception in the Guiana dophin.
Proc Royal Soc B 2012 early access: doi: 10.1098/rspb.2011.1127

Jan. 23
3 pm

Haille Street (PhD - Caldwell)

Title: “Convergent evolution of the thunniform body plan in marine vertebrates” Reading: Donley, J. M. et al., 2004. Convergent evolution in mechanical design of lamnid sharks and tunas, Nature 429: 61-65. doi:10.1038/nature02435
Jan. 30
3 pm
Monica Higuera (PhD - Hall) Title: "DNA barcoding: advantages, limits and challenges" Reading: Marianne Elias, M. et al. 2007. Limited performance of DNA barcoding in a diverse community of tropical butterflies. Proc. R. Soc. B 274, 2881-9. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2007.1035
Feb. 6
3 pm
Jasmine Croghan (MSc - Caldwell) Title: “The oviparous to viviparous transition in amniotes: why, how, and is it reversible?” Reading: Rodriguez-Diaz, T. et al. 2009. Effects of incubation temperature on hatchling phenotypes in an oviparous lizard with prolonged egg retention: are the two main hypotheses on the evolution of viviparity compatible? Zoology 113 (2010): 33-38. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.zool.2009.05.001
Feb. 13
3 pm
Rachel Brown (MSc - Leys) Title: "Life in hot water: patterns in the gene flow and dispersal strategies of hydrothermal vent organisms" Reading: Thaler, A.D. et al. 2011. The spatial scale of genetic subdivision in populations of Ifremeria nautilei, a hydrothermal-vent gastropod from the southwest Pacific. BMC Evolutionary Biology 11: 372
Feb. 20
3 pm
Reading Week    
Feb. 27
3 pm
Emaline Montgomery (MSc - Palmer) Title: “Antarctic benthic ecology” Reading: McClintock, J.B. et al. 2008. Intraspecific agonistic arm-fencing behavior in the Antarctic keystone sea star Odontaster validus influences prey acquisition. Marine Ecology Progress Series 371: 297-300. doi: 10.3354/meps07710
Mar. 5
3 pm
Giovanny Fagua (PhD - Sperling) Title: “Green tracks: jaws, wings, and gut. Influence of green plants on the morphology of insects” Reading: Ren, D. et al. 2009. A probable pollination mode before angiosperms: Eurasian, long-proboscid scorpionflies. Science 326: 840-847. DOI: 10.1126/science.1178338
Mar. 12
3 pm
Thodoris Argyiou (MSc - Murray)

Title: "Bipedalism, Hominids and late Neogene African environment".

Reading: White, TD. et al. 2009. Ardipithecus ramidus and the paleobiology of early hominids. Science 326: 64, 75-86. DOI: DOI 10.1126/science.1175802.
Mar. 19
3 pm
Susan Anthony (MSc - Palmer)

Title: "Living Shell-less: Defensive Adaptations of Shell-less Gastropods"

Reading: Martin, R. 2003. Management of nematocysts in the alimentary tract and in cnidosacs of the aeolid nudibranch gastropod Cratena peregrina. Marine Biology 143: 533-541. DOI 10.1007/s00227-003-1078-8
Mar. 26
3 pm
Nicole Webster (PhD - Palmer) Title: “Smears on a rock: Origins in the Burgess Shale”

Reading: Smith, M. R., Caron, J.-B., 2010. Primitive soft-bodied cephalopods from the Cambrian. Nature 465: 469-472. doi:10.1038/nature09068

Apr. 2
3 pm
Paulina Jimenez (PhD - Caldwell) Title: "Fluttering through the air: Evolution of flight in vertebrates" Reading: Dial, K.P. et al. 2008. A fundamental avian wing-stroke provides a new perspective on the evolution of flight. Nature 451: 985-990. doi:10.1038/nature06517

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