The FAB* Lab
Evolution at Simon Fraser University

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Sat, Jun 24, 2017


February 24, 2017 Dr. Laura Weir
December 2nd, 2016 Speaker to be announced soon
November 25th, 2016 Alannah Biega and Dan Greenberg
November 18th, 2016 Dr. Mika Mokkonen
November 17th, 2016 Dr. Timothy Weaver: New approaches for understanding changes in skull form throughout human evolution
October 28th, 2016 Brackendale practice talks || Vahab Pourfaraj: "Is evolutionary distinctiveness a reliable proxy for phylogenetic diversity?" || Tanya Procyshyn: "Oxytocin, testosterone, and trade-offs in sociality"
October 21th, 2016 Dr. Giulio Valentino Dalla Riva: "The Evolution of Semantic Networks: a Prolegomenon --- or, why should we read Jane Austen to understand food webs, and vice versa"
October 14th, 2016 Dr Florent Mazel: "Phylogenetic time-scales and the biogeography of mammals and their gut microbiomes"
October 13th, 2016 Dr. Mana Dembo
October 7th, 2016 Dr. Leonid Chindelevitch:"Understanding tuberculosis evolution through molecular genotyping" [Link]
September 30th, 2016 Vanessa Guerra Canedo: "Hermaphroditic gene expression in the ‘gonochoric’ sea star Acanthaster planci"
September 23rd, 2016 Dr. Felix Breden and Nisahnth Marthandan : "A simple approach to identifying B-cell lineages from NGS sequences of antibodies"
September 16th, 2016 Tanya Procyshyn, Jason Spence, Dr. Bernard Crespi: The evolution and genetics of empathy, anxiety and hypersociality: insights from Williams syndrome and beyond
July 15th, 2016 William Harrower (Simon Fraser University): Population (Genetic) Structure and Movements of Canadian Lynx during the Snowshoe Hare Cycle in Western Boreal Forests [Link]
June 24th, 2016 Dan Greenberg (Simon Fraser University): "Historical diversification and contemporary extinction in Amphibians" Alannah Biega (Simon Fraser University): "Assessing captive amphibian holdings for current and future conservation concern"
June 17th, 2016 Tanya Procyshyn (Simon Fraser University): "Oxytocin, vasopressin, and the evolution of sex differences in affiliation"
May 27th, 2016 Jason Spence (Simon Fraser University): "Psychological genetics of the human 17q21.31 inversion polymorphism"
May 26th, 2016, 2:00 pm, Thesis Defence Room LIB 2020 Mana Dembo (Simon Fraser University), PhD Defense : "Exploring morphological phylogenetic of fossil hominins" [Link]
May 18th, 2016 Dr. Bernard Crespi (Simon Fraser University): "Evolutionary-psychological genetics of human cognitive architecture" [Link]
May 13th, 2016 Dr. Devin Arbuthnott (UBC) "Male fruit flies use redundant female cues to make consistent mate choices"
April 29, 2016 Nishanth Marthandan (Simon Fraser University), "Inferring Immunoglobulin germline genes using phylogenetic clustering approach" [Link]
April 22, 2016 Dr. Jessica Kalra (Staff Scientist, BC Cancer Agency), "Characterizing inter-tumoral, intra-tumoral and inter-metastatic heterogeneity in tumor marker expression in breast cancer"
April 15, 2016 FAB*-Lab meeting in IRMACS. Students will give short presentations about their intended research goals for the coming semester
April 8, 2016 Dr. Felix Breden (Simon Fraser University), "The Complicated and Poorly-understood genetics of the Adaptive Immune System" Dr. Breden's website [Link]
April 1, 2016, 10:30AM FAB*-Lab: Evelyn Jensen "Using population genetics to understand the past, present and future of the Giant Galápagos Tortoises on Pinzón Island"
March 29, 2016 3:30PM, IRMACS Theatre Guest speaker Partik Nosil from the University of Sheffield: Ecological genomics of speciation: from gradualism to punctuated regime shifts
March 11, 2016 10:20AM FAB*-Lab meeting: Bernie Crespi "Autism as a disorder of high intelligence"
March 4, 2016 10:30AM FAB*-Lab: Mike Hart will lead a discussion on a paper that is currently under review, 'Sperm bindin divergence under sexual selection and concerted evolution in sea stars
February 19, 2016 10:30AM Melanie Munroe will lead the discussion on a potentially controversial, unpublished manuscript, 'Why species do not adapt'
February 5, 2016 10:20AM FAB*-Lab: Mike Hart will lead the discussion on his in prep manuscript 'Selection on Coevolving Human Gamete Recognition Genes'
January 29, 2016 10:20AM FAB*-Lab: Arne Moore will lead a discussion of the Nature paper "Human-specific loss of regulatory DNA and theevolution of human-specific traits";
Friday, January 22, 2016 10:30AM Bernie Crespie: The evolutionary biology and genetics of hypersociality: evidence from Williams syndrome regions deletions and duplications
December 18, 2015 10:30 AM FAB*-Lab meeting: Vahab Pourfaraj will give a talk titled "Conservation based on isolation metrics; a sensible way of prioritization?"
December 11, 2015 10:30AM FAB*-Lab: Alannah Biega will be giving a teaching lecture, "Zoos: Valuable players in species conservation?"
Friday, December 4, 2015 10:30AM FAB*-Lab presentation, Mikael Mokkonen 'A Few, and New Observations, Upon Bank Voles: The Most of Them Certain, The Rest Probable, All Harmless, Strange, and Exciting'
November 27, 2015 10:30AM Nishanth Marthandan will give a talk entitled Effects of missing Immunoglobulin germline genes on B Cell Receptor Repertoire Analysis to Study Antibody Responses
Friday, November 20, 2015 FAB*-lab will be reviewing the paper: Taller plants have lower rates of molecular evolution, Nature Communications 4, Article number: 1879 doi:10.1038/ncomms2836;
Friday, October 23, 10:30AM FAB*-Lab. Mike Hart will be talking about sexual selection on genes that encode proteins involved in gamete binding, compatibility between mates, and the evolution of reproductive isolation.
Thursday, September 5, 2015 10:30AM HESP Journal Club in IRMACS: Roseman and Auerbach (2015) "Ecogeography, genetics, and the evolution of human body form" Journal of Human Evolution, 78, 80-90
HESP journal club: Roseman and Auerbach (2015) Ecogeography, genetics, and the evolution of human body form. Journal of Human Evolution, 78, 80-90
Friday October 30, 10:30AM FAB*-Lab: Gwilym Haynes will present "Phylogeny, transcriptomes and genes: adventures in (subphylum) Asterozoa"
Friday October 16, 2015 10:30AM Speaker Tanya Procyshyn: Vasopressin receptor microsatellite polymorphisms relate to autism spectrum phenotype in healthy populations
Friday October 9, 2014 FAB*-Lab meeting - Karen Magnuson-Ford will give a talk entitled “Predicting changes in the global bird phylogeny due to species extinction”
Friday October 2, 2015, 10:30AM FAB*-Lab meeting. Dan Greenberg will give the second installment of his R workshop on "Phylogenetic Imputation"
Friday September 25, 2015, 10:30AM FAB*-Lab meeting. Dan Greenberg will give an R workshop on "Phylogenetic Imputation". Here is the description: For many species we lack adequate natural history data due to their rarity in the wild, cryptic behavior, restricted geography or perhaps because they are now extinct. Modern statistical methods, as well as the widespread availability of comparative datasets and phylogenetic trees, gives us a strong basis to infer this missing information for data-poor species of scientific or conservation interest. This workshop will cover two methods to impute (estimate) missing data on traits (ecological, life history, behavior, etc.) for data-poor species using the packages 'missForest' and 'MPSEM' in R.
Friday, September 18, 2015, 10:30AM FAB*-Lab meeting in IRMACS. Students will give short presentations about their intended research goals for the coming semester
February 20, 2015 10:30 AM FAB*-Lab meeting. David (Dov) B. Lank: Equilibrium Proportions of Ruff Morphs: a Function of Mean Lek Size?
Friday May 15, 2015 10:30AM FAB*-Lab meeting: FAB*-Lab members will have an opportunity to practice their talks and get feedback for the upcoming annual meeting of the Canadian Society of Ecology and Evolution
June 5, 2015, 11:00AM FAB*-Lab meeting: Bruce archibald will be practicing for a job interview by giving a talk entitled "Old flies in Winter, and why they matter". As Bruce will be interviewed over Skype, he will first present his talk remotely and then join us in person for discussion and feedback.
Friday March 8, 2015 10:30AM FAB*-Lab meeting. Judith Mank: The Evolution of Sexual Dimorphism: Linking intra-sexual phenotypic and transcriptional variation across the genome
Friday May 1st, 2015 FAB*-Lab: Dan Greenberg "It's not easy being green: Phylogenetic and trait-based prediction of disease-induced extinctions in amphibians"
Friday April 24, 2015 10:30AM FAB*-Lab meeting Sandy Zhang is up first with "Oxytocin and Prosocial Human Behaviour", then Tanya Procyshyn with "Endocrine and Genetic Correlates of Individual Differences in Personality and Empathy"
Friday March 27, 2015 10:30AM FAB*-Lab Jayme Lewthwaite: Phylogenetic Endemism: Past, Current and Future Patterns in BC Butterflies Laurelene; Faye: Developing a tool for Conservation management. Genetic equilibrium in river fishes. Seeking for Feedback; Will Stein: Himalayan Protected-area Network protect the Biodiversity of Galliformes?
Friday March 20, 2015 10:30 AM FAB*-Lab: Michael Hart, "Mixed evidence for selection and coevolution of human genes encoding sperm-egg binding proteins"
Friday March 13, 2015 10:30AM FAB*-Lab presentation: Nishanth Marthandan will be talking about his research, "Immune profiling of IgM and IgG antibody responses elicited by hyperimmunization with a virus-like particle".
March 6, 2015 10:30AM FAB*-Lab meeting: Remi Matthey-Doret from the University of British Columbia will be presenting his research in theoretical population genetics, "Genetic Load and the Evolution of Species Range Limits"
Friday February 27, 2015 10:30 AM FAB*-Lab meeting: presentation by Mikael Mokkonen "Cryptic bias in voles"
February 13, 2015 10:30AM FAB*-Lab meeting. Will Stein will be presenting his research: A phylogenetic hypothesis of Chondrichthyes, warts and all
Friday January 30, 2015 10:30AM After 30 years, what's next in Ruff polymorphism research? FAB*-Lab presentation by Prof. David (Dov) B. Lank
January 23, 2015 Discussion of Glowacki and Wrangham (2015) Warfare and reproductive success in a tribal population. PNAS 112 (2) 348-353 [Link]
Friday Dec 12, 2014 10:30AM FAB*-Lab meeting: Mike Hart and Gwilym Haynes will talk about their use of next-generations sequence data to understand the evolution of reproductive isolations and incipient speciation in the seastar P. miniata
Friday Dec 5, 2014 10:30 AM Tanya Procyshyn will present "Neuropeptide hormones and human social behaviour" Recommended reading: Anders et al (2011) The Steroid/Peptide Theory of Social Bonds. Psychoneuroendochrinology 36, 1265-75
Friday November 28, 2014 10:30AM Duman B-Rad will talk about using biology to inform models of economics Paper Title: Ethnic heterogeneity, Kin altruism, and Corruption Summary: Trust is an important component of social capital which is widely studied in economics. Part of our research is to investigate why different groups have different levels of trust and favouritism among their members. One important determinant of trust level in groups such as family, tribes and ethnic groups could be genetic relatedness. Using economic experiments, we will try to explore the effect of genetic relatedness on trust between individuals in some economic situations.
Friday November 21, 2014 10:30 AM FAB*-Lab meeting Dan Greenberg will give a talk entitled "Life history and phylogenetic prediction of disease susceptibility in amphibians, a prospectus"
Friday November 14, 2014 10:30AM Mickael Mokkonen's student, Eija Lonn, is visiting from Finland and will be walking about the "Neuro-genetics of bank voles"
Friday November 7, 2014 FAB*-LAB meeting. We will be reviewing the paper "Estimate of within population incremental selection through branch imbalance in lineage trees" . This paper can be accessed via , under doi: Felix sent a copy of the paper to the FAB*-LAB mailing list last Friday (Oct 31)
Friday October 31, 2014 Student practice talks/presentations for the evo evo retreat: Laurélène Faye Jayme Lewthwaite: Why do species fail to move? BC butterfly range shifts and the link with host plant phylogenetic breadth
Friday Oct 17 10:30AM We will be reviewing and discussing the paper Ujvari et al (2012) ISOLATION BREEDS NAIVETY: ISLAND LIVING ROBS AUSTRALIAN VARANID LIZARDS OF TOAD-TOXIN IMMUNITY VIA FOUR-BASE-PAIR MUTATION. Evolution 67-1: 289–294
Friday Oct 10, 2014 10:30AM FAB*-Lab meeting. Christopher Muir from UBC will talk about two distinct projects that use comparative methods and theory to explore how traits evolve
Friday Oct 3, 2014 10:30AM FAB*-Lab meeting. Postdoc Gwilym Haynes will talk about what he learned about the ecology of common carp during and after his PhD. "Ecology of invasive Cyprinus carpio"
Friday September 26, 2014 10:30AM FAB*-Lab meeting. PhD Student Mana Dembo will talk about her research in Homonin evolution, "Bayesian tests of hominin evolution using morphological characters of fossil specimens"
Friday September 19 10:30AM FAB* Lab meeting graduate student Laurelene Faye will talk about her planned PhD research: "Conservation and Phylogenomics of Atlantic Salmon"
Friday September 12, 2014 10:30AM FAB* Lab meeting Paul MacDonald and Jennifer Scholefield: "All things Baculoviridae: the hazardous life of a Lepidopteran"
June 27, 2014 Natalie dos Remedios: "North or South? Ancestral origins and phylogenetics of the globally-distributed Charadrius plovers"
June 20, 2014 Gwilym Haynes: "The Next Generation of Studying Chromosome Evolution"
June 6, 2014 10:30 - 11:15 Logan Volkmann Practice MSc Defense Talk 11:15 - 12:00 CSEE Debrief
May 23, 2014 CSEE practice
May 9, 2014 Will Iles (UBC): "The phylogenetics and evolution of two aquatic angiosperm lineages."
May 2, 2014 Payday coffee
April 25, 2014 Mika Mokkonen: Love potion no. 50-56-6 (tentative title)
April 11, 2014 Will Stein: Sexual-size dimorphism evolves stepwise in response to the strength of sexual selection in the Galliformes
April 4, 2014 Chris Mull: Production scaling in sharks (tentative title)
March 28, 2014 Karen Magnuson-Ford, Centre for Coastal Studies: How does the Federal Government want its scientists to behave? ATIPS and Policies.
March 21, 2014 Dan Greenberg, McGill University: population dynamics of toads
March 14, 2014 Kara Layton (U. of Guelph): "Patterns of mtCOI diversity in Canadian marine molluscs: from phylum to species"
March 7, 2014 Jayme Lewthwaite: A complete phylogenetic tree of Canadian butterfly species
February 28, 2014 2014 Mike Hart: Selection on coevolving sperm-egg recognition genes in the 1000 Genomes database
February 7, 2014 Jessica McKenzie: Genetic characterization of a hybrid zone in killifish (Fundulus heteroclitus): Evidence for assortative mating or selection against hybrids.
January 31, 2014 **David W. Steadman will be presenting in Arne's class on WED Jan 29 at 12:30 in TASC II - 8201
January 24, 2014 Ben Sandkam: Differences in color vision systems mirror mate choice preferences in the Trinidadian guppy
January 10, 2014 Jenna Hutchen: Phylogenetic path analysis and Carnivore lactation
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