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RESEARCH CLUSTER

 
  
 
 
 
 

 
 
Evolutionary Genetics at UMD

We are an informal group of faculty and students interested in Evolutionary Genetics. We get together alternate Tuesdays at 12:30pm (1208 Biology-Psychology Building) to share our latest research results and discuss recently published papers. We also converge as a 'flashmob' at relevant departmental seminars throughout the week.

To join the mailing list for this group send an email to tdk@umd.edu, or to listserv@listserv.umd.edu with the command 'subscribe evolutionary-genetics'.

SCHEDULE - SPRING 2018

January

30 - Carlos Machado - TBA

February

13 - Open

27 - Open

March

13 - Open

27 - Open

April

10 - Open

24 - Open

May

8 - Open

 

SCHEDULE - FALL 2017

September

05 - Open

19 - Ben Sandkam (Carleton lab) - How to stop seeing red: Tbx2a modulates LWS opsin expression across cichlids

October

03 - Jake Weissman (Johnson/Fagan labs) - Is having more than one CRISPR array adaptive?

17 - Eric Haag - Exploring the evolution and function of sperm glycoproteins

31 - Irene Liu (Fisher lab) - Using Peromyscus mice to investigate sperm aggregation and its interactions with capacitation.

November

14 - Open

28 - Will Gammerdinger (Kocher lab) - Diversity of sex chromosomes in cichlid fishes

 

SCHEDULE - SPRING 2017

January

10 - Schyler Nunziata (Fritz lab?) - Using genomic data to detect recent population size trends

31 - Da Yin (Haag lab) - Self-fertility triggers rapid genome shrinkage and loss of sperm competition proteins

February

14 - Open.

28 - Open.

March

14 - Open.

28 - Postponed to April 25

April

11 - Open.

25 - Megan Fritz (ENTM) - A next-generation sequencing approach for detecting field-evolved insect resistance to transgenic crops.

May

9 - Kristin Hook (Fisher Lab). TBA.

 

SCHEDULE - FALL 2016

September

06 - Open

20 - Kristin Hook (Fisher lab) - Female promiscuity, sperm bias, and sexual conflict in the seed beetle

October

04 - Ben Sandkam (Carleton lab) - Recent origin and rapid spread of recombination suppression between the guppy X and Y chromosomes suggests a role for sexual selection in sex chromosome formation

18 - Open

November

01 - Karen Carleton - Unravelling the regulation of opsin gene expression through QTL and gene regulatory networks

15 - Irene Liu (Fisher lab) - Mating systems, sperm competition, and reproductive protein evolution in Agelaius blackbirds

29 - Carlos Machado - Population structure and genetic variability in fig wasps

 

SCHEDULE - SPRING 2016

January

26 - Snowzilla

February

09 - Eric Haag (BIOL) The curious sex lives of Kryptolebias marmoratus, the mangrove killifish

23 - Sara Via (BIOL) Population genetic issues in sympatric divergence.

March

08 - Brittany Ott (CBMG) Microbial dynamics within shed mucosal secretions of Hirudo verbana, the European medicinal leech.

22 - Mao-Lun Weng (BIOL) The natural history of mutations: sequence data from Arabidopsis thaliana mutation accumulation lines.

April

5 - Open.

19 - Kevin Nyberg (BIOL). Swan song: Regulatory divergence of protein-coding and noncoding genes as revealed by Drosophila hybrids.

May

3 - Pratima Nandamuri (BIOL). Regulation of opsin gene expression in cichlid fishes.

 

SCHEDULE - FALL 2015

September

08 - Tom Kocher (BIOL) Kickoff and Organizational Meeting. The landscape of sexually antagonistic selection and the evolution of new sex chromosomes.

22 - Philip Johnson (BIOL) Role of recombination vs selection in generating the T cell repertoire.

October

05 - FLASHMOB - BEES Seminar - Sudhir Kumar (Temple Univ) - Discovering the grand time tree of life - Monday 12pm 1103 BRB

06 - Open. Perhaps best left that way...

07 - FLASHMOB - Biology seminar - Karen Carleton (BIOL) - Genomic approaches to understanding a fish eye’s view. Wednesday, 2pm 1103 BRB.

09 - FLASHMOB - Biology seminar - Michael Cummings (BIOL) - Application of computer science to biology, a few examples. Friday, 2pm 1103 BRB.

19 - FLASHMOB - BEES Seminar - Arlin Stoltzfus (NIST/IBBR) - The contribution of mutation bias to parallel evolution. Monday 12pm, 1103 BRB.

20 - Bill Jeffery (BIOL) - The search for eye degeneration genes in blind cavefish: a long and winding road. Tuesday 12:30pm, 1208 BPS.

21 - FLASHMOB - Biology seminar - Carlos Machado (BIOL) - Genomics of species divergence at different time scales”. Wednesday 3pm 1103 BRB.

30 - FLASHMOB - Entomology seminar - Jerry Wilkinson (BIOL) - Sexual selection, genomic conflict, and speciation in stalk-eyed flies. Friday 12pm 1130 Plant Sciences Bldg.

November

03 - Kevin Nyberg (BIOL) Evolution of long noncoding RNA expression in the Drosophila pseudoobscura-persimilis species pair

17 - Josie Reinhardt (BIOL) Differential Impacts of meiotic drive on the evolution of X chromosomes. Tuesday, 12:30pm, 1208 BPS.

December

08 - Heidi Fisher (BIOL) Genetic basis of adaptive sperm morphology in deer mice. Tuesday, 12:30pm, 1208 BPS

 

SCHEDULE - SPRING 2011

January

25 - Reade Roberts (BIOL) - "The genetic basis of adaptation in Lake Malawi cichlid fish"

31 - FLASHMOB - BEES seminar 12:00noon, 1103 BRB. Richard Frankham, Macquarie University, Sydney Australia "Predicting outbreeding depression: Critical information for managing fragmented populations"

February

1 - No meeting (too many job seminars...)

8 - No meeting (too many job seminars...)

15 -

22 -

March

1 - Masato Yoshizawa (BIOL) - "Paternal genetic effect, which may have encouraged cavefish to adapt 'surface' mitochondria"

8 -

15 - Claire O'Quin (BIOL) - "How many genes control cichlid color patterns?"

22 - Spring Break

29 - Cristel Thomas (BIOL, MOCB) - "The wonders of next-generation sequencing: evolution of sex-biased expression in the genus Caenorhabditis."

April

5 - Kelly O'Quin (BIOL, BEES) - PhD Thesis defense - "Evolution, development, and genetics of opsin gene expression in African cichlid fishes"

12 -

19 -

26 - Joe Ross (BIOL) - "Genomic divergence and the evolution of recombination and incompatibility in Caenorhabditis briggsae"

May

3 -

10 - Kevin Nyberg (BIOL) - "Evolution and Function of mRNA-like non-coding RNAs in Drosophila."

SCHEDULE - FALL 2010

September

7 - No meeting today.

14 - Reade Roberts (BIOL) - "Craniofacial evolution via the hedgehog pathway"

21 - Joe Ross (BIOL) - "Inter-strain genomic incompatibilities in Caenorhabditis briggsae revealed by genotyping recombinant inbred lines"

28 - Andrew Redd (NIAID/NIH) - "Transmitted HIV-1 strains persist in
the population and constrain viral diversity"

October

5 - Masato Yoshizawa (BIOL) - "Evolution of a behavioral shift mediated by the lateral line adapts cavefish to life in darkness"

11 -FLASHMOB - BEES Seminar - Karen Carleton (BIOL) - "Using opsin genes to see through the eyes of a fish" - Monday 12pm, 1103 BRB

12 - No meeting today

19 - Charlie Fenster (BIOL) - "Mutational phenomics"

26 - TBA (University of) - TBA (Room 1208 BPS today!)

November

2 - Adam Smith (BIOL) - "Opsin gene sequence and expression variation between (very) closely related cichlid fishes"

9 - BioScience Day - no EvoGen meeting

16 - Jeff Leips (University of Maryland - Baltimore County) - "From Systems to Functional Genetics of Immunosenescence: the Drosophila model"

23 - No meeting

30 - No meeting

December

7 - No meeting

14 - No meeting

 

SCHEDULE - SPRING 2010

January

26 - Program meeting - curriculum discussion

February

2 - Tom Kocher (BIOL) - "Sequencing the tilapia genome"

8 - FLASHMOB - BEES seminar - David Carr (U Virginia) - Inbreeding effects on plant-insect interactions"

9 - SNOWED OUT!

12 - FLASHMOB - ENTM Seminar - Steve Mount (CBMG) - "The evolution of introns and spliceosome components among Diptera"

16 - Chris Hofmann (BIOL) - "Structural vs regulatory changes in the cichlid visual system"

23 - Ruth TImme (CBMG) - "Phylogenomic reconstruction of the Charophytes: a multigene approach to resolving the phylogeny of plants’ closest relatives"

March

2 - Sara Via (BIOL) - "Brainstorming: using resequencing and linkage mapping to study host adaptation and speciation in pea aphids"

9 - Reade Roberts (BIOL) - "Proof of Principle: Association mapping a PTCH1 allele with minor effect on jaw shape using the Lake Malawi flock."

12- FLASHMOB - ENTM Seminar - Sara Via (BIOL) - "Genetic mechanisms of ecological speciation"

16 - Spring Break

23 - Guoqin Yu (CARB) - "Evolution of starch synthesis pathway genes in the context of rice domestication"

26 - FLASHMOB - ENTM Seminar - Cristian Castillo-Davis (BIOL) - "TBA"

29 - FLASHMOB - BEES Seminar - lya Ruvinsky (U Chicago) "A (mostly) nematode perspective on the evolution of gene regulation"

30 - Cancelled

April

6 -Henrique Teotonio ((Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia) - "The genetic basis of adaptation in experimental C. elegans populations" (Host: Carlos Machado)

12 - FLASHMOB - BEES seminar - Joe Ross (BIOL) - "The Rise and Demise of Sex-Chromosome Systems in Stickleback Fishes"

13 - Cristel Thomas - "How do males and females do it ? A phylo-genomic screen for reproductive genes lost in hermaphrodite lineages."

19 - FLASHMOB - BEES seminar - Steve Tonsor (U Pittsburgh) - "Developmental and physiological adaptation across the climatic range of Arabidopsis in northern Spain"

20 - Zifeng Jiang (BIOL) - "Species divergence and Haldane’s rule: insights from the Drosophila transcriptome"

27 - Arlin Stoltzfus (CARB) - "Climbing Mount Probable: understanding how biases in variation affect evolution"

May

4 - Jerry Wilkinson (BIOL) - "Genomic analyses of an Xaggerated dimorphic trait in stalk-eyed flies"

11 -

18 - Program meeting


SCHEDULE - FALL 2009

September

1 - Ice Cream Social

8 - Steve Mount (CBMG & CBCB) "Is Arabidopsis thaliana a quasispecies? Is Homo sapiens?"

15 - Charles Fenster (BIOL) "Quantifying patterns of selection on a complex trait: hummingbird pollination syndrome evolution in Silene virginica"

22 - Karen Carleton (BIOL) "The cichlid eye view: genetic control of opsin expression"

29 - Michael Cummings (BIOL & CBCB) "Quantifying Species Limits Across the Genome: Using the Genealogical Sorting Index for Closely Related Species"

October

6 - Nature/Science postdoc doubleheader! - Reade Roberts (BIOL) - "Sexual conflict resolved by invasion of a novel sex determiner in Lake Malawi cichlid fishes"

13 - Doubleheader - extra innings! - Joe Ross (BIOL) - "A role for a neo-sex chromosome in stickleback speciation"

19 - FLASHMOB - BEES seminar - Dr. Jay Evans (USDA) "Honey bee genomics and disease"

27 - Carlos Machado (BIOL) "Patterns of allelic expression in Drosophila interspecific hybrids"

November

2 - FLASHMOB - BEES seminar - Christina Burch (UNC) - "Experimental evolution of viruses"

3 - Christina Burch (UNC) - Brownbag Encore: "Estimating the degree of pleiotropy in a bacteriophage"

9 - FLASHMOB - BEES seminar - Charles Fenster (BIOL)- "Quantifying evolutionary process from mutation to natural selection in populations to phylum"

10 - Cristian Castillo-Davis (BIOL & CBCB) "To splice or duplicate? Surprising molecular diversity of the cannonical signal transduction protein G-alpha in the genus Drosophila"

17 - Kelly O'Quin (BEES) - "Cis-regulatory evolution and opsin gene expression in Lake Malawi cichlids"

24 - Charles Delwiche (CBMG) - "Molecular studies of dinoflagellate diversity"

December

1 - Michelle Dudash (BIOL) - "An examination of the joint effects of serial inbreeding and expression of phenotypic plasticity on fitness traits in Mimulus guttatus"

8 - Greg Concepcion (Delwiche Lab) - "Molecular insight into coral colonizations of the Hawaiian archipelago"

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Hummingbird
Hummingbird

Pea aphids
Pea aphids

Nematode
Nematode

Fruit fly
Fruit fly

Blotched cichlid
OB cichlid

Stalk-eyed fly
stalk-eyed fly