Workshop in Ecological use of genomics

In end of June there will be a workshop on the use of genomics in natural populations with many leading researchers from Europe and US attending. The aim is to bring together researchers working on a diverse set of questions, methods and study systems which all use genomic tools in their approach. As we aim to keep the meeting small, attendance is by invitation only. We are very pleased that Prof. Leif Andersson will be joining us at this meeting. Leif is one of the foremost experts in the world on the genomics of animal domestication and has recently also started to work on wild systems about which he will talk about in this meeting. See his web-site for more information about his research.
The workshop is organised by Arild Husby (University of Helsinki) and Henrik Jensen (CBD) and is funded by grants from the Norwegian Research Council (to AH) and CBD.

Events at CBD

Tuesday Oct. 27th
Jon Wright will give a presentation at the CBD lunch on Tues 27th, titled: "Life History Evolution in a Changing World & the Adaptive Alignment of Pace-of-Life Syndromes"

Thursday Oct. 8th
Thomas Kvalnes will hold a lecture in CBD lunch room, titled: "Opposing natural and artificial selection on body size in wild bird populations"

Friday Sept. 25th
Nils Christian Stenseth, Professor - Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis, UiO, will hold a lecture on : "Climate change and impact on emerging infectious diseases: Plague as an example" In R9 from 14:15.

Tuesday Sept. 22nd
CBD - lunch with Dr. Benjamin Blonder,Post doc at University of Oxford, who will hold a lecture titled "Climate disequilibrium across the last 21000 years: pattern and process"

Wednesday Sept. 16th
Workshop hosted by Olivia Langhamer and Petra Rodewald: "Mitigation measures of human induced impacts on marine ecosystems". Objectives and preliminary program here >>

Tuesday Sept. 15th
Valeriya Komyakova, PhD candidate at The University of Melbourne lectures on "Ecological traps in the marine environment: implications for the design of artificial reefs".

Elida Aarstad Skøien defens her MSc thesis (18.08.2015)
On thursday August 27th Elida Aarstad Skøien will defend her MSc Thesis (from the LUR programme) in CBD room at 9:00. «Causes and Consequences of Breeding Synchrony in the Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis)
Supervisors are Hansen, Fossøy, Ringsby.

Tuesday August 25th
Andrew Higginson, NERC independent Researcher fellow at University of Bristol, lectures on "Use of physiological states as a source of information - or - How animals pretend to be clever"

Monday August 24th
Thomas Haaland will defend his MSc thesis and we will follow the new practice. He will
therefore present his thesis at 12.00 in the CBD room, and you are all welcome to his talk: “A General Stochastic Dynamic Model of the Differential Allocation Hypothesis”.

Tuesday May 12th
Prof. Subash Lele will give a seminar on "Occupancy and abundance surveys in the presence of detection error: A review and critical comparison of methods".

Tuesday April 21th
Prof. Jean-Pierre Tremblay, Laval University, Canada, is visiting CBD and will give a presentation during lunch: "Interactive effects of climate warming and browsing on the summer range of caribou in the Nunavik, northern Canada"

Tuesday April 14th
Visiting processor Dr Katja Räsänen will give a presentation entitled "Spatio-temporal dynamics of threespine stickleback in Lake Myvatn, Iceland" at 12:00 in the lunch room.

Wednesday March 25th

Francisco Javier Cao Garcia will visit CBD March 25-27 2015. On March 25 he will give a CBD-seminar
"Modelling two-species dynamics in a fluctuating environment"

Tueesday March 3rd
Steinar Engen will hold a lecture on SELECTION AND RESPONSE TO SELECTION IN FLUCTUATING POPULATIONS AT GENETIC EQUILIBRIUM, in the CBD meeting-room at lunch 12.00.

Tuesday Feb. 3rd
Jon Wright will  give a brief report on the recent CBD-IMPRS workshop on statistical approaches to multivariate phenotypes, opening for discussion and questions about the workshop. Also, discuss the topic of a possible next workshop in January 2016.

Tuesday Jan 27.
Subhash Lele lectures in the lunchrom at 12.00. The title is: Is non-informative Bayesian analysis appropriate for wildlife management: survival of San Joaquin Kit Fox and declines in amphibian populations. Read the Abstract here >>

Jan 20-21
SAB-seminar in the IBI Lunch-room.
PhD canditates, Post docs and researcher at CBD present their work to SAB.

Tuesday December 2.
Thomas Kvalnes lectures on "Harvest-indused phenotype evolution in å moose population" in todays CBD-luch.

November 25
Arnaud le Rouzic: "Estimating the strength of natural selection from evolutionary time series using population genetic models".
Arnaud le Rouzic comes from the CNRS lab: Evolution, Genomes et Speciation at Gif sur Yvette (South of Paris). Link to his web page: >>

October 14
Thor-Harald Ringsby will hold a lecture titled «On being the right size: selection for increased body size reduces telomere length » in todays CBD-Lunch.

September 30
Håkon Holand will hold a lecture titled "Senescence in a metapopulation of house sparrows.", about How does age affect fitness in a short lived species? in todays CBD-lunch

September 16
Sarah Flanagan visiting PhD student from Adam Jones lab at the Biology Department in Texas A&M, USA, "Sexual selection and the genome"

September 9
Mathilde Le Moullec will give a presentation, entitled "Ungulate population monitoring in a tundra landscape: evaluating total counts and distance sampling accuracy". Welcome!

September 2
The topic for the CBD-lunch today will be "Influence of life-history tactics on transient dynamics: a comparative analysis across mammalian populations" by dr. Marlène Gamelon.

June 20
Håkon Holand has submitted the following academic thesis as part of the doctoral work at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU):
"The parasite Syngamus trachea in a metapopulation of house sparrows"
Assessment Committee
The Faculty of Natural Science and Technology has appointed the following Assessment Committee to assess the thesis:

Professor Peter J. Hudson, Director of Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, Centre for infectious disease dynamics (CIDD), State University, Pennsylvania, US
Professor Xavier Lambin, Population Ecology Research Group, University of Aberdeen, UK
Professor Sigurd Einum, Department of Biology, NTNU

Professor Einum has been appointed Administrator of the Committee. The Committee recommends that the thesis is worthy of being publicly defended for the PhD degree.

The doctoral work has been carried out at the Department of Biology, where Professor Thor Harald Ringsby has been the candidate's supervisor.
Public trial lecture:
Time: 20. juni 2014 at 10.15
Place: S1 i sentral bygget (like ved kantina), NTNU Gløshaugen
Prescribed subject: "Pattern and process in spatio-temporal dynamics of parasite-host dynamics"
Public defence of the thesis:
Time: 20. juni 2014 at 13.15
Place: S1 i sentral bygget (like ved kantina), NTNU Gløshaugen


Thursday June 12 at 14:15 in lunchroom 13th floor, Sentralbygg 2
Professor Otso Ovaskainen, Department of Biosciences, University of Helsinki will give a seminar, entitled "Statistical modelling of species communities"
Abstract: One central aim in community ecology is to understand the factors that determine the identities and abundances of species found at any given locality. Central concepts include regional and local species pools, environmental filtering and biotic assembly rules. A typical data set involves a sites x species matrix of presence-absences (or abundances), some environmental and geographical characteristics of the sites, and possibly some information on the ecological traits and phylogenetic relationships of the species. Empirical ecologists routinely analyze such data with different ordination methods, which provide intuitive and illustrative summaries of the data, but are not predictive nor mechanistically rooted to the concepts listed above. There is an increasing interest in developing alternative approaches, many of which can be considered as extensions of single-species distribution models. I present one of such approach, built in the standard framework of hierarchical generalized linear models. The model captures environmental filtering at the community-level model by measuring the amount of variation and covariation in the responses of individual species to various characteristics of their environment. Biotic assembly rules are reflected in the model with the help of an association matrix, which models positive or negative co-occurrence patterns not explained by the responses of the species to their environment. I use a sparse Bayesian factor approach to enable model parameterization with data on species-rich communities and thus high-dimensional association matrices. I illustrate the performance of the approach both with simulated and real data, and make links to more traditional approaches in community ecology.

June 10.
Tom Cameron, University of Essex will give a lunch-seminar, entitled "Predation, harvesting and environmental variation: life histories and population dynamics"

June 6.
Erik Blystad Solbu will give a presentation during the lunch, entitled "Estimating temporal changes in parameters of stochastic population dynamics".

June 5
Opponents to Eirin will give guestlecture in the CBD-room at 14:15.
Jeff Hutchings "Allee effects in marine fishes" and Michael Schaub "Immigration in bird populations: estimation, causes and Impact".

Wednesday, April 30
Guest seminar with Dr. Susan Johnston
Title: Is bigger really better? The hidden side to sexual selection in a wild mammal population.
Abstract: Sexual selection is assumed to be a strong and sustained source of directional selection, which should remove genetic variation over time. However, in wild populations, genetic variation generally persists in sexually selected traits. Consequently, this phenomenon has become a long-discussed paradox in the field of evolutionary biology. In wild Soay sheep, large horns confer an advantage in strong intra-sexual competition, yet there is substantial variation in horn size, with some males developing very small or vestigial horns. We identified genes underlying horn development using genome-wide association studies (GWAS), which allowed us to test the most commonly proposed explanations for the maintenance of sexually-selected genetic variation, such as genic capture ("good genes"), sexually antagonistic selection, and trade-offs between reproductive success and survival. I present the evidence for and against these mechanisms, and discuss the applications of our findings to other wild populations.

Tuesday, April 8
Jarle Tufto will have a talk titled: "Coevolution of bet-hedging, reaction norm slope and elevation in temporally autocorrelated environments".
Abstract: Using a quantitative genetic panmictic model with discrete non-overlapping generation I consider the joint evolution of bet-hedging, plasticity and adaptive tracking through genetic evolution in mean reaction norm elevation.  The macroenvironment influencing all individuals of a given generation fluctuates according to an autoregressive (Ornstein-Uhlenbeck) process.  The expressed phenotype and the phenotypic optimum of a given individual depends on the macroenvironments at the time of development and selection, respectively, and in addition, possibly individually correlated, microenvironmental deviations.  In addition, bet-hedging through independent evolution of the phenotypic variance is accomodated by a plastic response to a second independent white-noise microenvironmental variable.  Analytic approximations expressing the mutual dependencies between the three evolutionary responses are derived by assuming small evolutionary fluctuations in mean reaction norm slopes around values at which the expected values of the respective components of the selection gradients are zero.  I first show how the covariance between the mean reaction norm elevation and the macroenvironment generated by adaptive tracking through genetic evolution in mean elevation decrease with increasing plasticity and with the total phenotypic variance (through a reduction in heritability).  Secondly, if the variance of the mismatch between the population mean phenotype and the mean phenotypic optimum is sufficiently large, diversifying bet-hedging is adaptive and the total phenotypic variance evolves towards the difference between this mismatch variance and the square of the width of the stabilizing selection fitness function.  Plasticity and adaptive tracking in mean elevation, however, may make the mismatch variance too small such that the phenotypic variance instead evolves towards a minumum value imposed by a cost of environmental canalization.  Finally, I show that the mean reaction norm slope evolves towards the difference between the slopes of regressions of the optimal phenotype and mean elevation, respectively, on the environment at development.  This holds when bet-hedging is adaptive in which case the regressions are between population level quantities, and in the limit of a small mismatch variance in which case the regressions are between individual level quantities.  Thus, through the effect of plasticity on the individual level phenotype-optimum variance, microenvironmental variability may create selection for either less or more plasticity depending on the correlation between microenvironmental deviations at the time of development and selection.

  The numerical solution for the overall coevolutionary outcome is characterized by considerable overlap throughout large parts of the parameter space between the three forms of evolutionary responses.

Thursday, April 3
We will have a guest speaker today at 12:00 in the CBD lunch room. Dr Robert Ekblom from Uppsala University will talk about "Development of genomic resources for non-model organisms". Anyone interested in talking to Dr Ekblom while he visits CBD could contact Arild Husby >>

Tuesday, April 1
Geir Hysing Bolstad will talk about whether or not (additive) genetic variation matters for the divergence of populations and species. The talk is based on his manuscript "Genetic Constraints and Predict Evolutionary Divergence in Dalechampia Blossoms".
If genetic constraints are important in during evolutionary divergence, then rates and direction of evolution should be related to trait evolvability. This simple test of the constraint hypothesis has yielded inconclusive results. We suggest this is due to inadequate measurements of evolutionary potential. Here, we use some recently developed measures of evolvability to test the genetic-constraint hypothesis with quantitative genetic data on floral morphology from the Neotropical vine Dalechampia scandens (Euphorbiaceae). We also provide predictions from evolutionary models enabling us to investigate the plausibility of a range of evolutionary scenarios. We base our evolvability measures on estimated patterns of genetic variances and covariances from two species of in the D. scandens species complex. These measures were compared against rates of evolution and patterns of divergence among 24 populations in the two species. We found clear evidence for genetic constraints, and particularly so among traits that were tightly phenotypically integrated. The relationship between evolvability and evolutionary divergence is puzzling, however, because the observed evolvabilities are too large to constitute real constraints. This paradox can be explained by a combination of weak stabilizing selection around moving adaptive optima and small realized evolvabilities relative to the observed additive genetic variance.

March 25
Jon Wright will give the second half of his informal presentation to get some discussion going about the concepts of 'Plasticity, Canalization & Evolvability', mostly this time concentrating on the links between plasticity and evolvability.

March 21
Friday March 21.  We get Visitors from the Theoretical Population Ecology and Evolution Group at the Biology dept. in Lund, with Per Lundberg & company:
Tentative title to the lecture: «Global change and eco-evolutionary changes»
Details of the program will follow.

March 4
Brage Bremseth Hansen will give a lecture during the CBD lunch

February 25
Prof Jonathan Wright will give a lecture about the concepts of 'Plasticity, Canalization & Evolvability' and how they relate to each other.

February 11
During the CBD-lunch today, Øystein Hjorthol Opedal will give a presentation entitled "Environmental drivers of character diversification in the Dalechampia scandens species complex".

January 22
Maja Tarka from Lund University will give a talk at 12:00, with the following title: To Evolve or Not to Evolve - Microevolutionary Insights from Long Term Bird Studies.

January 21
Dr. Brage Bremset Hansen will give a presentation during the CBD-lunch today at 12:00.

January 13-15
There will be a CBD workshop on 'Evolution in Stochastic Environments' . Download the programme here.
Members of CBD are very welcome to attend any of the presentations and subsequent discussions. A detailed program will be available closer to the dates of the workshop.

December 16
Today we will have a Christmas gathering after working hours, with food and something to drink. All welcome.

November 15
Marlene Gamelon will give the talk  "Evolutionary demography in wild boar (Sus scrofa)", at 10:00 in the CBD lunch room.

November 5
Prof. Sigurd Einum will give a talk entitled "Ecological modeling of metabolic rates predicts diverging optima across food abundances" in the CBD lunch room at 12:00.

October 22
We will continue the discussion from the conference with Jarle Tufto giving a short comment about ‘Plasticity and mismatch in fluctuating environments'. Time and place: the CBD lunch room at 12:00. There will also be a cake!

October 17
Today there will be a seminar in  statistical characterization of multivariate phenotypes.The seminar has two presentations that will be in the CBD lunch room.
At 11:00, Niels Dingemanse will talk about: "The study of complex patterns in phenotypic and genetic variance-covariance matrices"
At 12:00, Yimen Araya will talk about: "Characterizing labile 'characters': an evolutionary framework"

October 14 - 16
This week the opening conference of CBD will be arranged. The list of speakers includes invited researchers from outside CBD, as well as members from CBD. The dean of the Faculty for Natural Sciences and Technology, Anne Borg, will open the conference at 14:30 on Monday in room R9 in the Natural Sciences building. For further details about the programme, see this pdf-file >>

Monday 23 September
Dr. Per Terje Smiseth from the University of  Edinburg will give a talk in the CBD room at 15:00. The title of the talk is "Inbreeding and parental care".
After his talk we will celebrate the Møbius prize winners; Bernt-Erik Sæther and Steinar Engen. There will be served some food and something to drink. All welcome.

Friday 20 September
Today Anna Marie Holand will defend her PhD-thesis entitled "Statistical methods for estimating intra- and inter-population variation in genetic diversity". The opponents are Professor Juha Merilä, University of Helsinki and Dr. Jane Reid, University of Aberdeen. The public defence will take place at 13:15 in room R8, and before that Anna Marie will give her trial lecture on the topic "What processes lead to evolution on islands" at 10:15 in the room "Totalrommet" in the main administration building.

Tuesday 10 September
Today Martin Kuipers and  Aravind Venkatesan  will give the seminar "Facilitating efficient knowledge management and knowledge discovery in the conservation biology domain". The talk will be in the CBD lunch room at 12:00.

Tuesday 3 September
At  the CBD-lunch Tuesday 3. September we will discuss how we want to CBD to function and which instruments (lunches, meetings, seminars, conferences, congresses…) we think is best suited to achieve the goals of CBD. There will also be a cake on the behalf of a recently accepter paper in American Naturalist.

Tuesday 4 June
Prof. Subhash R. Lele will visit CBD June 3-6 and on June 4 give the CBD-seminar: "Statistical analysis of hierarchical models using data cloning: How to trick Bayesians into giving frequentist answers?". The seminar will be at 12:00 in the CBD lunch room.

Friday 31 May
Marit Linnerud will defend her thesis today. The title of the thesis is "Patterns in spatial and temporal variation in abundances of vertebrates". The two opponents are Prof Tim Benton (University of Leeds) and Prof Per Lundberg (Lund University). The public defend will be at at 13:15 in room R8. Marit Linnerud will give a trial lecture at 10:15 in the same room, with the title "Why is variability an important concept for population management?"


Thursday 30 May
The two opponents on the dissertation of Marit Linnerud will give presentations today. Both presentations will be in auditorium R9.
At 14:15, Prof. Tim Benton (University of Leeds) will talk about "What is sustainable about agriculture?"
At 115:15, Prof. Per Lundberg (Lund University) will give a talk (title will be announced later).

Thursday 2 May
Prof. Anne Loison (University of Chambery, France) is visiting CBD, and will give a talk about "Professional and personal trajectories of researchers in ecology according to gender: preliminary results of a France-Norway comparison". The talk will be at 10:15 in room DU2-150 (IBI lunch room).

Tuesday 16 April
Dr. Thomas Cameron from Umeå University will give a talk: "Ecological and Eco-evolutionary responses to harvesting and environmental change". The talk will be in the lunch room at 12:00.

Tuesday 9 April
Dr. Hallvard Haanes will give a presentation aboutlevel of inbreeding and effects on life history traits in the moose population at Vega. The talk will be in the lunch room at 12:00.

Tuesday 26. February
Nina Sletvold will give a presentation in the lunch room at 12:00. The title of the talk is: "Plant-animal interactions and selection on floral traits".

Tuesday 19 February
Erik Blystad Solbu will give a presentation entitled "Changing environments causing time delays in population dynamics" on the CBD-lunch February 19. It will also be served cake.

Tuesday 12 February
Dr. Hanno Sandvik will give a talk entitled: "Ocean warming threatens kittiwakes by means of reduced recruitment". The talk will be in the lunch room at 12:00.

Tuesday 5 February
Dr. Hanno Sandvik will give a talk entitled: "The fall and rise of a common guillemot population - fish distribution and seabird demography". The talk will be in the lunch room at 12:00.

Thursday 10 January
Prof. Jeffrey M. Welker from University of Alaska Anchorage will give a talk: "Ungulate and Carnivore Diets: Using stable isotopes to understand modern, historical and future diets". The talk will be in the lunch room at 12:00. More information about prof. Welkers lab can be found here >>.

Thursday 29 November
Dr. Andreas Svensson is giving a presentation entitled "Gobies and guppies - models for evolutionary conundrums", in the CCB lunch room (E3-108) at 11:30.
Andreas is a lecturer in Evolutionary Ecology at the Linnaeus University in Sweden. You can find more information about his research here.

Tuesday 27 November
PhD student Håkon Holand will give a talk entitled "The parasite Syngamus trachea in a metapopulation of wild passerine hosts". Time and place: 12:00 in E3-108.

Tuesday 13 November
Ivar Herfindal will give a presentation entitled "Short- and long-term temporal variation in sexual segregation in Alpine Ibex". The talk will be in the CCB lunch room (E3-108) at 12:00.


Tuesday 6 November
Prof. Steinar Engen will give a talk about "Evolutionary effects of non-selective harvesting strategies in a stochastic environment", in the CCB lunch room (E3-108) at 12:00.

Thursday 1 November
Dr. Takeshi Kawakami from the University in Uppsala, Sweden, will give a talk entitled "Recombination and species divergence in Ficedula flycatchers". The talk will be in room R8, at 14:15.

Friday 26 October
Christer Moe Rolandsen will defend his PhD-thesis today. He will start with a trial lecture on the assigned topic "Adaptive significance of migratory behaviour" at 10:15 in room R5. At 13:15 in room R8, he will publicly defend his thesis entitled "The ecological significance of space use and movement patterns of moose in a variable environment". His two opponents are Prof. Øysten Holand from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, and Prof. Steeve D. Côté, University of Laval, Canada.

Thursday 25 October
Prof Steeve D. Côté, one of the opponents at Christer Rolandsens PhD-defence, will give a guest lecture. The title of the lecture is "The king of the mountain or is it the queen ? Life-history strategies and conservation of Rocky Mountain Goats", and it will be in room R8 at 15:15.
Steeve Côté is professor at the Department of Biology, Unviersity of Laval in Quebec, Canada. His research includes topics as population ecology, behavioural ecology, plant-herbivore interactions, conservation and management.

Tuesday 23 October
Prof. Sigurd Einum will talk about "Understanding temperature effects through eco-evolutionary dynamics of thermal reaction norms" at 12:00 in the CCB lunch room (E3-108).

Friday 19 October
In connection to the 5th Trondheim symposium in statistics in Selbu, prof. Otso Ovaskainen from the University of Helsinki, and dr. Bob O'Hara from the Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre in Frankfurt, will visit CCB and give talks.
Prof. Ovaskainen's talk is entitled "The analysis of spatial data: individual movements and species and community models" and will be at 11:00.
Prof. O'Hara will talk about Changing Ecological Statistics" at 13:30.
Both talks will be in the CCB lunch room (E3-108).

Tuesday 16 October
Professor Stig W. Omholt from the Faculty of Medicin at NTNU will visit CCB and give a talk entitled "From sequence to consequence and back". The talk will be in the new CCB meeting room in E3 (E3-108), at 12:00.

Tuesday 2 October
There will be no presentation today. Instead, CCB invites the Department of Biology to have lunch and enjoy some cake in our new area in E3.


Tuesday 11 September
Prof. Christophe Pélabon will talk about: "The effects of sexual selection on fitness components and secondary sexual characters in the guppy".
Time: 12:00, place: the CCB lunch room.

Tuesday 4 September
Cyril Firmat will give a talk today. The title of the talk is "Biological invasions in cichlid fishes: what population genetics, morphological variation and parasites tell us on the invasive success of the Mozambique tilapia". Time: 12:00, place: the CCB lunch room.

Tuesday 28 August
Today, Marit Linnerud will talk about "Taylor's spatial power law depends on the size of the sampling area". The talk will be in the CCB lunch room, at 12:00.

Wednesday 2. May
Today, dr. Irja Ida Ratikainen will talk about "Maternal differential allocation in relation to mate quality and polyandry". The talk will be in the CCB lunch room, at 12:00.

Thursday 19. April
Henrik Pärn and Thor Harald Ringsby will give a lecture about "The demographic consequences of introduction of house sparrow at Vikna". Time and place: 12:00 in the CCB lunch room.

Wednesday 28. March
In relation to the project Evolvability of Allometry, C. Pélabon is organizing a workshop on allometry. During the first day of the workshop, results obtained the last two years will be presented to everyone interested in allometry in a series of seminar discussion. The workshop will be in the CCB room and there will be lots of time for discussion.
Preliminary schedule

8:45-9:00 C. Pélabon Welcome
Part 1   Variation in allometry
9:00-10:30 K. Voje Evolvability of allometry: a review
    Evolution of the allometric slope: macro-evolutionary
Part 2   Genetic variation in allometric parameters
11:00-12:30 C. Pélabon Selection on allometry
  G.H. Bolstad Genetic variation in within individual allometry
Part 3   Methods and models
13:30-14:30 C. Pélabon From ontogenetic to static allometry
15:00-16:00 T.F. Hansen Measuring allometry: Is there really different methods?
  T. Solvin A model to simulate selection on allometric parameters

List of participants: Jean Michel Gaillard, CNRS University of Lyon France; Carole Toigo ONC Grenoble France; Mathieu Garel ONC Grenoble France; Anne Loison CNRS Chambery France; Arnaud Le Rouzic CNRS France; Mihaela Pavlicev Vienna university Austria; Scott Armbruster Portsmouth, NTNU; Thomas F. Hansen UiO; Kjetil Voje UiO; Thomas Solvin UiO; Geir H. Bolstad, NTNU; Ivar Herfindal NTNU; Gunilla Rosenqvist NTNU; Camilla K. Egset, NTNU; Christophe Pélabon NTNU.

Friday 16. March
Irja Ida Ratikainen will Irja Ida Ratikainen. Photo: Nicole Schneiderdefend her PhD-thesis entitled "Foraging in a variable world: adaptions to stochasticity". The two opponents are Professor David Stephens, University of Minnesota, and dr. Melissa Bateson, Newcastle University. Irja will first give a trial lecture on the assigned topic "Theoretical and empirical approaches to studying foraging decisions: the past and future of behavioural ecology". The trial lecture is in room EL2 at 10:15, and the dissertation starts at 13:15 in auditorium R8.

Thursday 15. March
The opponents at Irja Ida Ratikainen's PhD-defence will give guest lectures today. Dr. Melissa Bateson, will talk about "Anxiety: an evolutionary approach" at 14:15, and Prof. David Stephens will talk about "Why experience matters: reliability and uncertainty in the evolution of learning and plasticity" at 15:15. Both lectures will be in room R8.

Tuesday 14. February
Prof. Donald Blomqvist, Department of  Zoology, Göteborg University, will give a talk on "At the brink of extinction. Population dynamics and genetics in a metapopulation of dunlins". Time and place: 12:00 in the CCB lunch room.


Friday 10. February
Prof. Hans J. Skaug, Department of Mathematics, University of Bergen will give a talk on "A flexible framework for fitting mixed models in ecology." Time and place: 12:00 in the CCB lunch room.

Tuesday 31. January
Post-doc. Edwige Bellier will give a talk about "
Combining counts and incidence data : an efficient approach for estimating the species abundance distribution and diversity indices". Time and place: 12:00 in the CCB lunch room.

Tuesday 17. January
Post-doc. Bernt Rønning will give a lecture about "What is basal metabolic rate, and what causes inter- and intra-individual variation in this metabolic trait?" Time and place: 12:00 in the CCB lunch room.

Thursday 15. December
Dr. Francesca Cagnacci from the Research and Innovation Centre Edmund Mach Foundation will give a talk about "Migration in ungulates as a behavioural continuum: the case of roe deer". Time and place: 14:15 in auditorium R2.

Tuesday 13. December
Jens Åström is visiting CCB and will give a talk entitled "The Big Picture from Small Landscapes - Investigations of Spatial Patterns and Processes using a Model Metacommunity". Time and place: 12:00 in the CCB lunch room (EU2-145).

Tuesday 6. December
Jon Wright will inform us about "Correctly characterising phenotypes" at 12:00 in the CCB lunch room (EU2-145).

Friday 2. December
Kari Bjørneraas will defend her PhD-thesis entitled "Spatiotemporal variation in resource utilisation by a large herbivore, the moose". The two opponents are dr. Jean-Michel Gaillard and Prof. Kjell Danell. Kari will first give a trial lecture on the assigned topic "Fitness consequences of resource use and selection: theoretical foundation and empirical evidence". The trial lecture is in room R9 at 10:15, and the dissertation starts at 13:15 in the same room.

Thursday 1. December
The two oppontents at Kari Bjørneraas' PhD-defence will give talks today. At 14:15, Prof. Kjell Danell will talk about "The last war of Sweden: Killing the large predators". At 15:15, dr. Jean-Michel Gaillard will present "When demography meets the concepts of evolutionary ecology". Both talks will be in room R2.

Friday 18. November (postphoned to December, more information to come)
Dr. Francesca Cagnacci, Research and Innovation Centre, Edmund Mach Foundation, Italy, will give a guest lecture entitled "Migration in ungulate as a behavioural continuum: the case of roe deer". Time: 14:00, place: the CCB lunch room (EU2-145).

Tuesday 25. October
Rocio Perrez-Barales will give a seminar about: "The role of pollinators in the evolution of floral polymorphism"
Time 12.00
Place: EU2-145

Tuesday 18. October
Prof. Anne Loison will give a lecture at 12:00 in the CCB lunch room: "Alternative reproductive trajectories according to longevity in an iteroparous mammal (chamois, Rupicapra pyrenaica)"

4. October
Peter and Rosemary Grant are visiting CCB, and will give a lecture at 14:15 in auditorium R9. The title of the talk is "Evolution of Darwin's finches".

Friday 23. September
Camilla Kalvatn Egset will today defend her PhD-thesis entitled "The evolvability of allometry: a case study". She will start by giving a trial lecture at 10:15 in auditorium R8, with the title "Scaling: Why is Animal Size so Important?". The public defence will take place at 13:15 in the same room.

Thursday 22. September
The two opponents of Camilla Kalvatn Egset's defence will give guest lecture today. The topics are:
Prof. Fred Nijhout from Department of Biology Duke University ( on "The Developmental Physiology of Body Size in Insects" at 14:15 in R8, and
Prof. Trine Bilde from the Department of Biological Sciences Aahrus Unviersity: "Evolution of cooperation and inbreeding mating systems - insights from social spiders" at 15:15 in R8

Monday 19. September
Today we will have two talks. DJ de Koning, SLU, Uppsala, Sweden, will talk about "From QTL to functional mutatuin in 257 easy and straightforward steps", and Tytt Vanhala, Forestry Comission, UK will talk about "How far can you hop? The case of forest hopping wood cricket. Time and place: 12:00 in the CCB lunch room (EU2-145).

Tuesday 6. September
Prof. Steinar Engen will give a talk about "A quantitative approach to fluctuating r- and K-selection". Time and place: 12:00 in the CCB lunch room (EU2-145).

28. August - 2. September
Ben Bolker will be visiting CCB in order to shed some light on the use of mixed models in ecological and evolutionary research. On Tuesday 30. August, Ben will give a general talk about analysing grouped data in ecology and evolution. On Wednesday 31. August, we will have a more informal seminar for the members of CCB, with more emphasis on specific questions relevant to research activity at CCB. In relation to the seminar, it would be relevant for the members to address questions for their own research. In order to organise this better, we ask you to send your questions about analysing grouped data to us as soon as possible. Well in advance of the seminar, we will then provide Ben Bolker with some "frequently asked questions" or "hot topics" that we find relevant for most CCB members, so that he can prepare for the seminar accordingly. More information about Ben Bolker can be found here.

Best regards

Henrik Pärn (
Ivar Herfindal (

Monday 15 August
Today we have two guest lectures.
At 12:00 Professor Evelyn Merrill, University of Alberta will give a talk about "Where paths cross: functional response and movement models for wolves in heterogeneous landscapes". This will take place in the CCB lunch room (EU2-145).
At 14:00 in room DU2-150 (note: NOT the CCB lunch room) Professor Mark S. Boyce, University of Alberta, will talk about "Selection, occupancy and persistence".

Tuesday 21. June
Master student Erik Blystad Solbue will give a master's thesis talk about "Temporal changes in parameters describing stochastic population dynamics". Time and place: 12:00 in the CCB lunch room.

Thursday 5. May
Today Line Kristin Larsen will defend her thesis "Life-history trait dynamics in experimental populations of guppy (Poecilia reticulata): the role of breeding regime and captive environment". The test trial "Evolution of ageing" starts at 10.15 and the defense at 13.00. Both events will be located in El 2 (Gamle Elektro, 2. etg., rom G212).

Tuesday 2. May
At 12:00 in the CCB lunch room: Anne Loison will give a lecture entitled "Coexistence of large herbivores in mountains at multiple scales".

Thursday 28. April
Post-doc. Arild Husby (University of Uppsala) will give a morning lecture named "A role for phenotypic plasticity in changing microevolutionary rates?" Time and place: 09:00 in the CCB lunch room (EU2-145).

Tuesday 12. April
Anna Marie Holand will give a presentation entitled "Animal models and integrated nested Laplace approximations". Time and place: 12:00 in the CCB lunch room.

Friday 1. April
Aline M. Lee will defend her doctoral thesisAline M Lee entitled "Stochastic modelling of mating systems and their effect on population dynamics and genetics". The public defence will take place at 13.15 in R8, Realfagbygget. At 10.15 the same thay, Aline will give a trial lecture on the assigned topic "Multiple mating: evolutionary causes and consequences". The trial lecture will be given in auditorium R5.


Thursday 31. March at 14:15 and 15:15 in R8
Professor Hanna Kokko (The Australia National University, Canberra) will give a guest lecture about: "Is Mother Nature shortsighted, and does it matter?"
At 15:15 Professor Olof Leimar (Stockholm University, Sweden) will talk about: "Feature saltation and the evolution of mimicry".
Hanna Kokko and Olof Leimar are the opponents at Aline M. Lee's PhD defence.

Tuesday 22. March at 12:00 in the CCB lunch room (EU2-145)
Bente Graae will give a talk entitled: "Behaviour and Impact of introduced and native Impatiens"

Tuesday 15. March at 12:00
research fellow Maritt Linnerud will talk about: "Taylor's temporal power law and interspecific differences in population dynamics of British bird populations"
Place: The CCB lunch room (EU2-145).

Friday 11. February.
Geir H. Bolstad will defend his doctoral thesis entitled "Evolution of Signals: Genetic Architecture, Natural Selection and Adaptive Accuracy". The public defence will take place in 13.15 in R8, Realfagbygget. At 10.15 the same thay, Geir will give a trial lecture on the assigned topic "Inbreeding depression and the conservation of threatened species". The trial lecture will be given in auditorium EL2.

Thursday 10. February.
The opponents for Geir Bolstad's dissertation will each give a seminar on Thursday the 10 February.
At 14.15 Jon Ågren from Uppsala University will give a talk on "The evolutionary ecology of plant adaptation". After that John Willis of Duke University will give a talk on "Genetic basis of adaptation and speciation in Mimulus". Both talks will be held in R8.

Tuesday 8. February.
dr. Jenny Hagenblad will talk about "The Dead Seed Society and the evolution of crops in Scandinavia" at 12:00 in the CCB lunch room.

Tuesday 14. December. 
Today we will celebrate christmas with a Moose, Photo Ivar Herfindalgathering at the Department of Biology library (DU2-150). We start at 16:00 with two short presentations about moose.
Hallvard Haanes will talk about "Genetic divsision between north and south indicates different routes of colonisation in Norwegeian moose".
As a follow-up on the topic of genetic differentiation in Norwegian moose, Ivar Herfindal will present "Moose body mass variation revisited - disentangling the effects of environmental conditions and genetic differentiation".
After the two presentations, dinner will be served together with some beverages. Please sign on for the food to Ingunn Yttersian.

Tuesday 7. December at 12:00: dr. Bram Van Moorter will talk about: "Effects of the scale of spatial heterogeneity on animal habitat selection and distribution".
Place: The CCB lunch room (EU2-145).

Friday 3. December: Yngvild Vindenes will defend her PhD-thesis entitled "Stochastic modeling of finite populations with individual heterogeneity in vital parameters". More information can be found here.

Thursday 2. December at 14:15 in R8: Senior scientist Hal Caswell, Biology Department, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA, will give a presentation: Beyond R0: variability in lifetime reproductive output.

Tuesday 30. November at 12:00: Professor Pelabon
Christophe Pelabon has been promoted Professor in Evolutionary Biology. We celebrate this with a talk by Professor Pelabon, entitled: "Adaptive accurracy and the adaptive landscape".
Place: The CCB lunch room (EU2-145)


Thursday 25. November at 14:15 in R8: dr. Matti Leino, Swedish Museum of Cultural History, will give a talk: Preservation and exporation of cultivated plants in Sweden

Wednesday 17. November at 14:15 in R3: Barn owl
Prof. Alexandre Roulin (University of Lausanne, Switzerland) will give the lecture: "Signalling good genes: A good gene identified in the barn owl".
Prof. Roulin will visit CCB Tuesday 16th - Friday 19th. Please contact Henrik Jensen to book a meeting with Prof. Roulin.


Tuesday 16. November at 12:00: post.doc Ditte Hendrichsen (NINA) will give a talk about "Zackenberg - ecosystem monitoring in High Arctic Greenland"
Place: The CCB lunch room (EU2-145)

Tuesday 19. October at 12:00: Craig Jackson will talk about "Talking scents: using biologically relevant tools in the conservation of the endangered African wild dog"
Place: The CCB lunch room (EU2-145)


Tuesday 12. October at 12:00: Thomas Kvalnes will talk about "Correlates of egg size variation in a population of house sparrow"
Place: The CCB lunch room (EU2-145)


Tuesday 21. September at 12:00: Line Kristin Larsen will talk about "Evolution in an ecological context: Rapid juvenile growth is selected by parental cannibalism in the Guppy (Poecilia reticulata)"
Place: The CCB lunch room (EU2-145)


Tuesday 14. September, NB! new room!:
We celebrate dr. Jarle Tufto's Professor Tuftopromotion as Professor with a talk by Prof. Tufto: "Spatial demography in continuous habitat: Estimating dispersal rate, longevity and population density from mark-recapture data".
Time and place: room D1 161/163 at 15:00.
This will also mark the start of the celebration of NTNU's 100 years anniversary, and snacks and beverages will be served. 

Thursday 2. September at 14:15, Guest lecture: dr. Per Terje Smiseth, Institute of Evolutionary Biology, University of Edinburgh UK, will give a talk about "Parental care and family conflict in burying beetles"
Place: Auditorium R 8.

Tuesday 1. June at 12:00, Prof David Houle will give a talk: "Measurement and meaning in biology"
Place: The CCB lunch room (EU2-145)
David Houle is professor at the Florida State University, Thalahassee. Read more here.

Thursday 6. May at 12:00, Dr. Christophe Pélabon will give a talk about "A measurement theory perspective on allometry".
Note: Thursday 6. May 12:00 in the CCB-room.

Monday 3. May at 12:00, Cornwallis
Dr. Charlie Cornwallis will give a talk about "Disentangling sexual behaviour to understand evolutionary patterns across populations and species".

Time: Monday 3. May 11:00

Place: CCB lunch room (EU2 145)


Tuesday 27. April, Geir Hysing Bolstad will talk about "The effect of purging on orange colouration in guppies".
Time: Tuesday 27. April 12:00
Place: CCB lunch room (EU2 145)

Journal Club
The journal club tries to meet every Monday at 12:00 in the CBD lunch room and discuss a paper of general interest. All are welcome, and feel free to propose paper to discuss by contacting the administrator of the journal club, prof. Christophe Pélabon.