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Lab meetings

At our weekly lab meetings we discuss lab concerns (mostly practical issues associated with keeping the lab running efficiently) and we review recent research articles on topics related to fish and evolutionary biology.  Most of our readings focus on analyses based on genetic data that aim to establish some characteristic of fish evolution (most commonly something related to phylogenetics, phylogeography, population genetics or molecular evolution).  The lab meeting is open to anyone interested in these topics and willing to contribute to the discussions.

We do not hold meetings during the summer (due to fieldwork, personal and professional travel).  Plus, it is summer in Alaska!

For the Spring 2012 semester we will be reading recent papers on fish evolution and genetics.  This semester we are meeting on Tuesdays at 4 in the museum's conference room. Below is the growing list of candidate articles for discussion this semester:

1. Mccormack JE, Hird SM, Zellmer AJ, Carstens BC, Brumfield RT: Applications of next-generation sequencing to phylogeography and phylogenetics. MOLECULAR PHYLOGENETICS AND EVOLUTION 2011:1-45.

2. Markolf M, Brameier M, Kappeler PM: On species delimitation: yet another lemur species or just genetic variation? BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011, 11:216.

3. Gomez-Uchida D, Seeb JE, Smith MJ, Habicht C, Quinn TP, Seeb LW: Single nucleotide polymorphisms unravel hierarchical divergence and signatures of selection among Alaskan sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) populations. BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011, 11:48.

4. Fisher-Reid MC, Wiens JJ: What are the consequences of combining nuclear and mitochondrial data for phylogenetic analysis? Lessons from Plethodon salamanders and 13 other vertebrate clades. BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011, 11:300.

5. Defaveri J, Zanella LN, Zanella D, Mrakovčić M, Merilä J: Phylogeography of isolated freshwater three-spined stickleback Gasterosteus aculeatus populations in the Adriatic Sea basin. Journal of Fish Biology 2011:no-no.

6. Dalziel AC, Vines TH, Schulte PM: REDUCTIONS IN PROLONGED SWIMMING CAPACITY FOLLOWING FRESHWATER COLONIZATION IN MULTIPLE THREESPINE STICKLEBACK POPULATIONS. Evolution 2011.

7. Bolnick DI: Sympatric Speciation in Threespine Stickleback: Why Not? International Journal of Ecology 2011, 2011:1-15. -- Emily

8. Stapley J, Reger J, Feulner PGD, Smadja C, Galindo J, Ekblom R, Bennison C, Ball AD, Beckerman AP, Slate J: Adaptation genomics: the next generation. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 2010, 25(12):705-712. -- Emily

9.    Hey J, Pinho C: Population genetics and objectivity in species diagnosis. Evolution 2011 Accepted manuscript -- Andres

10.  Hausdorf B: PROGRESS TOWARD A GENERAL SPECIES CONCEPT. Evolution 2011, 65(4):923-931.  -- Robert

11. Wiens, JJ. 2011. The niche, biogeography and species interactions. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences 366:2336-2350. -- Andres

12. Wiens, JJ, DD Ackerly, AP Allen, et al. 2010. Niche conservatism as an emerging principle in ecology and conservation biology. Ecology Letters 13:1310-1324.

13. Olsson, J, AB Florin, K Mo, T Aho, N Ryman. 2011. Genetic structure of whitefish (Coregonus maraena) in the Baltic Sea. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science In press.  -- Robert

14. Ingram, T, R Svanback, NJB Kraft, P Kratina, L Southcott, D Schulter. 2011. Intraguild predation drives evolutionary niche shift in threespine stickleback. Evolution In press.


Analysis tools to try at lab meetings:

PAML
Structure
STACKS
MEGA
MATSAM
Converting data for use in arlequin.
Multi-loci analysis.



Adult Arctic lamprey collected in 2011 from a tributary of the Nenana River by Andrew Gryska.



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