Department of Ecology and Genetics

The IEG Seminar series ‘Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution’

The IEG Seminar series ‘Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution’ is one of the department’s platforms for postgraduate education and scientific interaction among research programs. With internationally renowned speakers presenting their latest work it also builds an important bridge to the worldwide eco-evolutionary science community.

Past seminars

FALL 2016

Tuesday, 6 Sept 2pm, EKMANSALEN (NB PLACE!)
Speaker: Mark Kirkpatrick (University of Texas, U.S.A.)
Title: Evolution of the Genome by Sexually-Antagonistic Selection
Host: Matthias Weissensteiner

Wednesday, 21 Sept 2pm, LINDAHLSALEN
Speaker: Melania E. Cristescu (McGill University, Canada)
Title: The Genetics of Aquatic Invasions: From Natural to Human Mediated Invasions
Host: Doug Scofield

Tuesday, 27 Sept 2pm, LINDAHLSALEN
Speaker: Tadashi Fukami (Stanford University, U.S.A.)
Title: Embracing historical contingency in community assembly
Host: Silke Langenheder

Tuesday, 11 Oct 2pm, EKMANSALEN (NB PLACE!)
Speaker: Wieslaw Babik (Jagiellonian University, Poland)
Title: Balancing selection facilitates introgression of immune genes between newt species
Host: Krystyna Nadachowska-Brzyska

Thursday, 20 Oct 1pm, ZOOTISSALEN (NB TIME AND PLACE!)
Speaker: Bruce Anderson (Stellenbosch University, South Africa)
Title: Ecologically driven divergence and convergence of floral traits
Host: Jon Ågren

Tuesday, 8 Nov 2pm, LINDAHLSALEN
Speaker: Britt Koskella (University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A.)
Title: Bacteria-phage interactions in the microbiome: how they happen and why they matter
Host: Eva Lindström

Tuesday, 22 Nov 2pm, LINDAHLSALEN
Speaker: Carole Smadja (CNRS, Montpellier, France)
Title: Speciation as a question of smell and taste
Host: Anna Qvarnström

Tuesday, 13 Dec 2pm, LINDAHLSALEN
Speaker: Phillip Watts (University of Oulu, Finland)
Title: Genomic consequences of living with radioactive contamination
Host: Frank Johansson


Tuesday, 24 Jan 2pm, LINDAHLSALEN (cancelled due to illness)
Speaker: Johan Dahlgren (Max-Planck Odense Center, Denmark)
Title: Aging in plants – evolutionary theories finally meet empirical data
Host: Nina Sletvold

Tuesday, 7 Feb 2pm, LINDAHLSALEN
Speaker: Pär K Ingvarsson (Umeå University, Sweden)
Title: A local selective sweep in FLOWERING LOCUS T2 is driving local adaptation in a key life history trait in European aspen (Populus tremula)
Host: Douglas Scofield

Tuesday, 28 Feb 2pm, LINDAHLSALEN
Speaker: Lesley Lancaster (University of Aberdeen, UK)
Title: Species range dynamics as drivers of latitudinal trait gradients
Host: Göran Arnqvist

Tuesday, 14 Mar 2pm, LINDAHLSALEN
Speaker: Ido Pen (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
Title: A unified model for the evolutionary transition to eusociality
Host: Alexei Maklakov

Friday, 7 Apr 2pm, (NB DAY!)
Speaker: Scott Edwards
Title: Convergent regulatory evolution and the origin of flightlessness in palaeognathous birds
Host: Robert Ekblom

Tuesday, 25 Apr 2pm, LINDAHLSALEN
Speaker: Sharon Y. Strauss (University of California Davis, U.S.A.)
Title: Niche conservatism, drought adaptation and tradeoffs shape plant responses to current and future climates

Tuesday, 9 May 2pm, LINDAHLSALEN
Speaker: Christopher Balakrishnan (East Carolina University, U.S.A.)
Title: TBA
Host: Niclas Backström

Tuesday, 23 May 2pm, LINDAHLSALEN
Speaker: Laura Hug (University of Waterloo, Canada)
Title: Uncovering microbial diversity through genome-resolved metagenomics
Host: Stefan Bertilsson

Tuesday, 30 May 2pm, LINDAHLSALEN
Speaker: Mark W. Schwartz (University of California Davis, U.S.A.)
Title: TBA

Contact: robert.ekblom[at]