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October 2017


Rebecca Kilner is named #220 in a new twitter feed highlighting one excellent woman in STEM every day for the next year. 

You can find the full list here on twitter.

 

September 2017


Lots of excitement this month as Dr Jenny York and Prof Nicholas Davies publish a paper in Nature Ecology & Evolution about the female cuckoo call and the burying beetle selection experiment continues to yield papers.

You can read some background about the cuckoo research on the zoology website https://www.zoo.cam.ac.uk/news/female-cuckoos. The full paper Female cuckoo calls misdirect host defences towards the wrong enemy, published in Nature Ecology and Evolution, can be found here: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41559-017-0279-3  There's also an interview on Radio 4 - check out the twitter feed for more further information. 

Meanwhile, the burying beetle selection experiment has yielded another exciting paper - Adaptation to a novel family environment involves both apparent and cryptic phenotypic changes. You can find the full paper on Proceedings of the Royal Society B  http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2017.1295  and discover the interesting field of evolutionary environmental deterioration.

August 2017


Burying beetles mix a special growth potion for their young: one part dead mice, many parts bacteria

A nice write up of Ana Duarte and Rebecca Kilner's work in Science magazine about the work on bacterial communities on the burying beetle carcass. Read the full article here

 

July 2017


Strategies for managing rival bacterial communities: lessons from burying beetles

Ana Duarte et al has published a new paper in the Journal of Animal Ecology exploring the role of burying beetles in the management of bacterial communities. The paper explores four possible mechanisms by which animals could gain a competitive edge by disrupting a rival bacterial community: ‘weeding’, ‘seeding’, ‘replanting’ and ‘preserving'. There's even some video footage! 

May 2017


Cooperative interactions within the family enhance the capacity for evolutionary change in body size

Benjamin Jarrett has a new paper out in Nature, Ecology and Evolution that explores evolutionary change in burying beetles. He's also written a supplementary blog post - Cooperation and the pace of evolution

 

 Dr Claire Spottiswoode is awarded the Linnean Society's Bicentenary Medal

Read more about it here. Congratulations Claire!

 

 When do acoustic cues matter? Perceived competition and reproductive plasticity over lifespan in a bushcricket.

Darren Rebar has explored spermatophore investment in relation to acoustic cues in bushcrickets. Read his new paper published in Animal Behaviour.

 

Development and application of 14 microsatellite markers in the burying beetle Nicrophorus vespilloides reveals population genetic differentiation at local spatial scales

Read the new paper on PeerJ by Sonia Pascoal showing what our local burying populations are getting up to.

 

April 2017


HiLIFE attracts top-level researchers to Finland

A new research institute, HiLIFE, at the University of Helsinki attracts top-level scientists in the competitive life science area, including our very own Rose Thorogood.

Increased food availability raises eviction rate in a cooperative breeding mammal

New article in Biology Letters, co-authored by Sinead English. An investigation into whether increases in food intake by dominant females reduces their tendency to evict subordinate females in wild meerkats. Apparently not ...

 

March 2017


Precipitation drives global variation in natural selection

Kiyoko Gotanda co-authored paper has been published in Science - Precipitation drives global variation in natural selection. Find out how the strongest sources of selection within biomes are due to precipitation and transpiration changes


February 2017


Signals, cues and the nature of mimicry

Gabriel A. Jamie has a new paper in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B - signals, cues and the nature of mimicry. Explore the logic by which mimicry can be conceptually organized and analysed


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Wolfson College Science Society Talk - Friday 17th, February

Bacterial control of their viral parasites through altruistic suicide

 Abstract — Bacteria are susceptible to infection by their viral predators (bacteriophages; phages) – the most abundant biological entities on Earth. Bacteria have evolved diverse strategies for evading the lethal impacts of phage infection and, correspondingly, phages evolve to circumvent bacterial defensive systems – an eternal co-evolutionary "molecular arms race". Further information.


January 2017


Urban evolution

Kiyoko Gotanda co-authored paper featured on BBC news: Urbanisation signal detected in evolution, study shows


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