Monthly Archives: May 2015

REMINDER – Lab meeting: tomorrow 5th May, 11:30 am, Common Room

Dear all,

Paul Parsons will give a talk at the next Molecular Ecology Lab meeting, which will be TOMORROW 5th May at 11:30 am in the Common Room, Alfred Denny Building, D floor.

Title: Functional morphological diversity in Lake Malawi’s ‘prototype’ cichlid: A case for the flexible stem model of adaptive radiation?

Paul’s talk will be based on his PhD research with Dr. Martin Genner at the University of Bristol. The talk will focus on Astatotilapia calliptera, the putative ancestor of the Lake Malawi Haplochromine cichlid flock. He combines population genetics, geometric morphometrics and dietary analysis to ask questions about the effect of environmental stability on morphological divergence and the importance of a flexible stem for adaptive radiation. Paul is currently working on sweat bees at the University of Sussex with Prof. Jeremy Field.

Remember that everyone associated with this lab is eligible to give a talk at these monthly meetings. Available dates are found here (, please contact me should you wish to take a slot. Follow this link ( to check/subscribe to the meetings calendar.

As usual, please let me know of any new people in your groups.

All the best,

Mauricio Montaño-Rendón

PhD Student


Science in Policy presents:

Using the ecosystems approach to support evidence-based policy: the policy-makers perspective by Dr. Simon Willcock from University of Southampton.

When: Friday 1st May 2015, 15:30-16.30, followed by drinks & nibbles
Where: Council Room, Firth Court

The ecosystems approach provides a framework for the holistic consideration of ecosystems in decision making by valuing the ecosystem services (ES) they provide. This approach has been widely adopted by governmental advisors and institutions, aiding the development of evidence-based policy. However, poor communication between political and scientific communities has potentially resulted in discord between the information required by policy makers and that provided by researchers. This is particularly important in developing nations, where poor rural communities are often highly dependent on ES, especially as a safety net in times of hardship or crisis.

Simon will be talking about his research that aims to identify the needs of policy makers in sub-Saharan Africa, and therefore ensuring ES research is tailored to produce useful outputs.

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