Kevin Parsons (University of Glasgow) - Adaptive Divergence through the Lens of Evo-Devo: Case Studies in Fishes

4:00pm - 5:00pm / Tuesday 5th December 2017 / Venue: Lecture Theatre 1 Life Sciences Building
Type: Seminar / Category: Research / Series: BEEM Seminar
  • Suitable for: Staff and students with an interest in Behaviour, Evolution, Ecology and Microbiology
  • Admission: Free event
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During the past two decades evolutionary biology has made tremendous strides in determining the genetic mechanisms that underlie adaptive divergence. The emergence of evo-devo during this time has so far been largely gene-centric but it has become increasingly clear that environmental variation plays a strong role in determining the development of adaptive variation. In this talk I will discuss how empirical research is revealing the complexities of genotype-phenotype interactions. I focus on examples of adaptive divergence in fishes where mechanisms of developmental variation have recently and are currently being explored. This includes investigations of several types of phenotypic plasticity with an aim toward understanding its developmental mechanisms. Such an approach can lead us towards an understanding of how variation arises and lead to insights that are both pure and applied.