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Lab Meeting: December 1st, 11:30pm, Common Room

The next Molecular Ecology lab meeting will take place on December 1st at 11:30am in the Common Room. D floor, Alfred Denny Building. This month we will hear from Anna Krystalli and Malika Ihle.

Anna will present “Don’t just sit there, interact!: Building interactive exploratory data apps with shiny and plotly in R”

Malika will present “The fitness benefits of love”

Her PhD research has focused on testing whether there is any kind of mate choice for genetic compatibility: do females avoid breeding with their siblings? Do they choose genetically compatible males with whom they do not get a high rate of embryo mortality? Or can they compensate any genetic incompatibility with their partner by engaging in extra-pair copulation? Additionally or alternatively, do they choose behaviorally compatible males with whom they are better able to raise chicks?

She will present here only one of the experiments she ran during her PhD: a four year experiment recently published in PLoS Biology and entitled ‘the fitness benefits of mate choice for compatibility in a socially monogamous species’.

Lab Meeting: November 3rd, 11:30am, Common Room

Dear all,

The next Molecular Ecology Lab meeting will take place on November 3rd at 11:30am in the Common Room, D floor, Alfred Denny Building. This month we will hear from Anja Westram and Alex Ball.

Anja will present: “Genomics of divergence between Littorina populations and species”

And Alex will be speaking about “The ‘costs’ of avian sperm production”

His project aims to quantify the energetic costs of producing sperm and decipher how these may vary between species. Sperm has previously been thought of as a cheap commodity in comparison to eggs, and thus its costs have received little attention. Alex will describe some of the methods being used by Tim Birkhead’s lab to answer these questions.

See you on Tuesday!

All the best,

Emma and Natalie

Lab meeting October 6th, 2pm, Common Room

Dear all,

The next Molecular Ecology Lab meeting will take place on October 6th at 2pm in the Common Room, D floor, Alfred Denny Building. We have two speakers this month, Becca Thomas and Ghaniya Bi.

Becca Thomas will present a talk entitled:

Are parasite infections a threat to the European Turtle dove?

Becca is a final year PhD student at the University of Leeds. She is researching whether the parasite Trichomonas gallinae is having an impact on the declining population of European Turtle doves in the UK. Her work at NBAF uses molecular tools to detect and identify strains of parasite in bird and environmental samples and she is testing the suitability of the MiSeq for this particular usage. She would also like to discuss the potential for detecting parasites in museum specimens.

Ghaniya Bi will present a talk entitled:

Does genetic relatedness predict spatial structure within European bee-eaters (Merops apiaster)?

Ghaniya is a Genetics society project student. She will look at cooperative breeding in a Croatian population of European bee-eaters. More specifically, she will discuss whether relatives live closer together than unrelated individuals in this population, which is an important factor as relatedness facilitates cooperation.

All the best,

Emma and Natalie