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Euro Evo Devo meeting                                                            Aug 5thpale_line

The group was well represented at the 2016 Euro Evo Devo meeting in a beautiful and sunny Uppsala. Nathalie gave a talk on the role of transposable elements in the Anolis lizard radiation, and Antonio presented results from his PhD thesis, which reveal how some turtles evolved the ability to withdraw their heads into the shell. Read more...


New group members!  
                                                            July 21stpale_line

We welcome new PhD student Alexander Hegg! Alex will be working on phenotypic plasticity and non-genetic inheritance in water fleas. What is the origin of mechanisms of non-genetic inheritance, how do they evolve, and what does it all mean for the ability of Daphnia to rapidly adapt to novel environments? These are the questions that Alex will address in his research – we look forward to see what answers he’ll give us! Konstantinos Plavos also joins us for his MSc project. Co-supervised by Panayiotis Pafilis at the University of Athens, Konstantinos’ aim is to establish the phylogeographic pattern of ventral colour polymorphism in wall lizards, and to test some ideas about what could maintain this variation.

 

Summer Lab News in Brief                                                        July 6thpale_line

Several lab members participated in the Mediterranean Lizards meeting in Cyprus, while others are still busy with field work in the Pyrenees. Back in Lund the Anolis baby boom continues with twelve species breeding, and in the Daphnia room hundreds of water flea mothers are doing their best to make their kids locally adapted. Read about our summer news...

 

Congrats Prof. Tobias                                                            June 29thpale_line

TProfCakeobias has been promoted to Professor of Evolutionary Biology! The whole group congratulates Tobias for reaching this milestone, we know you are just in the beginning of an excellent career :-)!

 

 

Open PhD position                                                                 April 28thpale_line

Are you interested in the relationship between developmental plasticity, maternal effects and evolution? If you also have a strong interest in evolutionary theory and a background in ecology you should consider applying. The details on the position and how to apply can be found here. For informal enquiries, please email Tobias.

 

Fieldwork completed                                                              April 26th
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Now on its fifth year, the spring field trip to Italy surely counts as a tradition. But for Hanna and Yang it was the first one and finally they got to see where all those DNA samples come from! This year we were also very much helped by Italian colleagues and despite some bad weather towards the end of the trip, we completed two new transects across the hybrid zones.  Read more...

 

Good news!!!                                                                            April 8thpale_line

Tobias Uller and Kevin Laland have received a £5.7 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation. The project brings together an international multi-disciplinary team of 50 world-renowned experts centered at eight institutions. The aim is to study evolution with alternative perspectives on the relationships between genes, organism, and environment. Tobias is the Project Co-Leader, making Lund University one of the main beneficiaries and a centre for the initiative. Read more...

 

Field season starts                                                                   April 3rdpale_line

Nathalie started the field season 2016 with an 8-day trip to Florida for her project on the evolution of limb development in Anolis lizards. After doing lab-based Anolis research for almost three years, it was about time to meet these fascinating lizards in the wild! Nathalie joined Dan Warner and his research group (University of Auburn) at their Palm Coast field site. Ten (!) Anolis species have been introduced to Florida from the Caribbean islands, which makes it a hotspot for convenient field work. Read more...

 

Fieldwork in Australia                                                             Dec 20thpale_line

Tobias and Nathalie have spent the last three weeks in the field in Australia working on an ARC funded project on the evolution of social complexity in lizards. The project is a collaboration led by Geoff While at the University of Tasmania, which also involves Charlie Cornwallis in Lund and several research groups in Australia. The trip included successful fieldwork in beautiful scenerys and interesting new contacts! Read more…

 

Congrats Dr. Sozos!                                                                 Nov 20thpale_line

Sozos Michaelides successfully defended his DPhil thesis on Nov 20th at the University of Oxford. A clean pass without corrections! The external examiner Dr Jason Kolbe from Rhode Island University made the viva both challenging and fun – just like it should be. Celebrations continued well into the Oxford night with many familiar faces from the EGI and the Department of Zoology showing up to celebrate Dr Sozos. Read more…

 

Wall lizard meeting in Lund                                                    Nov 17thpale_line

Old and new collaborators – from Australia, England, Italy, France, Germany, Spain and Portugal – came to Lund for two days to share their results, ideas and future research plans on wall lizards. Everyone’s dedication and enthusiasm made the meeting a real success and discussions continued over drinks long after dinner. Read more…

 

 

 

news

  • Individual variation in winter supplementary food consumption and its consequences for reproduction in wild birds. J Avian Biol 2016 47:1-12
  • Adaptive use of information during growth can explain long-term effects of early-life experiences. Am Nat 2016 187:620-632