Welcome to the 2010 EES Conference
Dates: October 12th and 13th 2010
Location: LMU Biozentrum in Martinsried
Check our EES Conference poster here
The annual EES conference is being held on the 12. and 13. October 2010 at
the LMU Biozentrum. Everyone interested in topics in Evolution, Ecology,
and/or Systematics is invited to join. At this conference, finishing Master's students
and PhD students will give talks on their research, and Master's students completing their first year
will present posters. In addition, two invited speakers will be presenting their work.
During the conference, we will welcome our new EES Master's students, hold a graduation ceremony
for our second cohort of EES Master's students, and award the EES Young Researcher Prizes for best Master's/Diplom and PhD talks.
PLEASE SIGN UP SENDING AN EMAIL TO duchen"at"bio.lmu.de
EES Conference in pictures
Thanks to all participants: students, faculty members and guest speakers for making of this 4th EES Conference a memorable event.
EES community, after the end of the conference
EES prize winners and guest speakers
From left to right in this picture: Andrea Manica (Guest speaker), Patrizia Sebastian (PhD prize winner), Anja Hörger (PhD prize winner), Katharina Böndel (Master prize winner), Colin Hughes (Guest speaker)
Key note speakers
Institute of Systematic Botany, University of Zurich, Zollikerstrasse 107, 8008 Zurich, Switzerland. firstname.lastname@example.org
MULTIPLE CONTINENTAL RADIATIONS AND ECOLOGICAL CORRELATES OF DIVERSIFICATION IN LUPINUS (LEGUMINOSAE).
Ever since Darwin’s seminal observations of Galapagos finches, adaptive radiations have offered some of the most spectacular examples of diversification, providing uniquely powerful insights into how and why diversification occurs. However, aside from a few well explored model systems, the dynamics and mechanisms of diversification remain poorly understood, especially for species-rich continental lineages, for which surprisingly little is known about geotemporal patterns of diversification. Nonetheless, with recent advances in comparative phylogenetic methods and rapidly emerging opportunities to generate bigger and better phylogenies, there is tremendous scope to investigate the dynamics of species diversification more precisely and objectively than ever before. This is important if we are going to be able to discover why some lineages diversify and others do not, and the extent to which this is attributable to synchrony – or lack of it – between intrinsic trait evolution and extrinsic opportunity. I will explore these questions using new phylogenies alongside life history and ecological data for the species-rich legume genus Lupinus, using Bayesian relaxed clock analyses and likelihood models of diversification. These analyses reveal a series of multiple lineage diversification rate shifts corresponding to an array of nested and parallel radiations. Ancestral state reconstruction and likelihood analyses of correlated diversification suggest that increased rates of diversification are significantly associated with the derived evolution of perennial life history and invasion of montane ecosystems. This evidence is consistent with the hypothesis that iteroparity functioned as a key innovation, providing an ecological mechanism for range expansion and rapid divergence in upper elevation regions throughout the western New World. The results are discussed in relation to issues surrounding incomplete taxon sampling and the often conflicting demands of quality vs quantity in studies of diversification rate shifts.
Evolutionary Ecology Group Department of Zoology. Univesity of Cambridge, Downing Street, Cambridge, CB2 3EJ, UK. email@example.com
THE LONG MARCH OF HUMAN GENES.
In this talk, I will discuss how we can use worldwide patterns in genetic diversity to reconstruct human movements and selection. Anatomically modern humans have been argued to have migrated out of Africa 50-70k years ago to colonise the whole world. The rapid spread into new, previously uninhabited lands was characterised by a series of bottlenecks (founder effects), which led to a gradual loss of genetic and phenotypic diversity the further one moves away from the African origin. Using the genetic signatures left by these movements, we can reconstruct the historical demography of human migrations. Such reconstructions are also fundamental in removing confounding patterns that prevent the meaningful comparison of the effect of selection in different populations. After taking into account the historical demography of humans, I will look at how selection has shaped genetic diversity at the Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC, the main genes governing the innate immune response) and mitochondria.
The conference's program including abstracts of each talk can be downloaded here: 4th EES Conference booklet
Tuesday October 12th
10:00 John Parsch
10:15 Colin Hughes
Multiple continental radiations and ecological correlates of diversification in Lupinus (Leguminosae).
11:15 Coffee break
EES Master talks
11:30 Xenia Schleuning
Responsiveness as an animal personality trait: Individual differences in behavioural plasticity within and across contexts.
11:45 Catalina Olano
Molecular phylogeny, biogeography and character evolution in the tribe Rhinantheae (family Orobanchaceae).
13:30 Katharina Böndel
The evolutionary history of a plant resistance gene: Balancing selection and introgression between species.
13:45 Lotte Schlicht
Fledging behaviour in the blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus).
14:00 Ana Catalán
Evolution of CO2 avoidance behavior response in the Drosophila genus.
14:15 Coffee break
14:30 Anne-Kathrin Graber
The effect of diversity on the lipid content of micro-algae.
14:45 Meike Wittmann
Can Daphnia lumholtzi invade European lakes?
15:00 Philipp Rausch
The influence of blood group antigens on the human intestinal microbiota.
15:15 Coffee break
15:30 Annamarie Gabrenya
Growth and organic matter release by two common coral reef organisms in response to inorganic nutrient addition: effects on planktonic microbial activity.
15:45 Hannes Imhof & Robert Sigl
Acanthaster planci - plasticity in morphology and behaviour?
16:00 Graduation ceremony EES Master class 2010
Wednesday October 13th
10:00 Andrea Manica
The long march of human genes.
11:00 Coffee break
11:15 3rd semester EES Master students
Poster session announcements
13:00 Poster session (Faculty meeting)
EES PhD talks
14:30 Patrizia Sebastian
Finding the wild relatives of melon, cucumber, and chayote: molecular phylogenetics and biogeography of Cucurbitaceae.
14:50 Andreas Fleischmann
Phylogeny, genome evolution, taxonomy and biogeography of Genlisea (Lentibulariaceae).
15:10 Claus Kemkemer
The silent X: Functional analysis of male germline X-inactivation in Drosophila.
15:30 Coffee break
15:50 Anja Hörger
Evolution of a resistance gene family in wild tomatoes: relating nucleotide diversity to functional consequences.
16:10 Sonja Grath
Molecular evolution of sex-biased genes in the Drosophila ananassae subgroup.
16:30 Christoph von Beeren
Differential host defense against multiple parasites in ants.
16:50 Coffee break
17:10 EES prizes award
Previous EES conferences
EES Conference 2009 - the third annual EES conference.
EES Conference 2008 - the second annual EES conference.
In 2007 the EES conference took place for the first time. See here for the details and some pictures of the First EES Conference.