Docent lecture: Evolution of ageing

  • Date:
  • Location: Evolutionsbiologiskt centrum Lindahlsalen. Zoom-link:
  • Lecturer: Fil dr Martin Lind
  • Organiser: IEG
  • Contact person: Martin Lind
  • Docentföreläsning

The Department of Ecology and Genetics hereby invite all interested to a docentship lecture in subject Biology with specialisation in Animal Ecology.

Ageing is the deterioration of organism function with the passing of time, and results in reduced reproduction and increased probability to die with increased age. Ageing is not only present in humans, but seems almost universal and also detectable in nature. However, since ageing impairs the fecundity and survival of an individual, the evolution of ageing was long a mystery. If developmental processes can do the complex job of creating complex phenotypes, why cannot they then be maintained, which seems much simpler?

During this lecture, I will present the evolutionary theories of the evolution of ageing and discuss whether ageing actually could be seen as adaptive. I will pay specific attention to evolutionary trade-offs with lifespan, and finally ask the question if organismal lifespan can be artificially extended – and to what cost.

The lecture is an obligatory teaching test for those applying for admittance as docent and it should be possible for students and others with basic academic education in the relevant field to follow it. The lecture will last for 45 minutes and afterwards the audience may ask questions. The lecture will be given in Swedish.

The lecture will also be broadcast on Zoom: