June 20th, 2017
Prof. Hanna Kokko from the Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, will visit CBD and give a talk. Further details about the talk will come soon. 

April 23rd-26th, 2017
Roberto Salguero-Gómez will visit CBD from Sunday 23rd to Wednesday 26th of April. He will give a seminar on Tuesday 25th! Title will follow.

February 16th, 2017
On Thursday 16.2. 2017 at 12h, when Håkon Holand will take about "Non-linear selection in semi-domestic reindeer."

January 31th, 2017
Mathilde Le Moullec presents the first results from her Salix-project in Alaska: Do growth rings of a high-arctic shrub represent past primary production available for the ecosystem?

January 24th, 2017
Marlène Gamelon will hold a seminar in the CBD lunch room at 12:00 next Tuesday, entitled:"Interactions between demography and environmental effects are important determinants of population dynamics".

January 17-18th 2017
SAB-meeting at CBD. 

December 13, 2016 
CBD lunch seminar by Steinar Engen: A general model for coevolution and abundance distribution in a community of competing species

December 5th 2016
The PhD students from the CBD will present their research during a mini-conference on the 5th of December in R10 from 9:00 to 16:00 (see the preliminary schedule). This mini-conference is open to everyone. Programme here

November 29, 2016 
CBD lunch seminar by Yimen Araya-Ajoy: Characterising multi-trait variance-covariance matrices: using the sparrow morphometrics as an example

November 21st 2016 at 12:15 in the CBD lunch room
Dr. Dieter Heylen from the University of Antwerp (Belgium) will give a guest lecture on the ecological interactions between tick, songbirds and Borrelia.

Dr. Dieter Heylen obtained a master in Biology (University of Antwerp - Belgium), and a master in Statistics (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven - Belgium), after which he worked for a year as statistician in the pharma-industry (Johnson & Johnson). Then he decided to commence a PhD at the Evolutionary Ecology lab (University of Antwerp, supervisor: Prof. Dr. Erik Matthysen) on the ecology of host-parasite interactions in songbird-tick systems, which he successfully defended in 2011. As a postdoctoral researcher (University of Antwerp) he started to study the transmission dynamics of tick-borne pathogens in songbirds. For almost his entire life, Dieter has been intrigued by birds, and living as a kid in a forested area in Flanders, ticks and Lyme disease made part of his village’s daily experience.  Among others, these elements inspired him in focusing his scientific career on ornithology, parasitology and disease ecology.

More than any other host type, birds are capable to carry ticks and tick-borne diseases over long distances, and to introduce infected ticks across geographical barriers into (sub-)urban environments.  Dieter’s talk discusses the role of songbirds and their Ixodes tick-community in the terrestrial transmission cycles of Borrelia burgdorferi s.l. in Europe, which has been underappreciated for a long time.  His talk includes the following topics: spatio-temporal infestation dynamics in a songbird tick community, fitness effects of tick infestations, physiological effects of tick infestations and Borrelia infections, vector and reservoir competence, co-infections, resistance mechanisms against ticks and maternal effects.  In addition, behavioural adaptations and host preferences in bird-specialized ticks (Ixodes arboricola and I. frontalis) and the generalist tick (I. ricinus), which eventually affects the transmission dynamics of tick-borne diseases, are further discussed.

November 18th 2016
Seminar at CBD about gender issues in science. 

November 17th 2016 at 12:00 in the CBD lunch room
Greta Srėbalienė, Klaipėda University, Lithuania, will give a talk entitled "Quantitative assessment of bioinvasion impacts on marine ecosystems"

November 14-15th 2016
CBD-seminar at Brekstad Kysthotell, Ørland: what shall CBD do in the future?

October 26-27th 2016
ReiGN-seminar on modelling and estimating evolution in age-structured populations.

October 4-5th 2016
SUSTAIN-workshop on modelling of harvest. The workshop will take place in the CBD meeting room.

September 15th. 2016
Rafaela Naves will on Thursday 15. September at 12:00 in our seminar room give a talk entitled "The usage of species abundance distribution to evaluate changes in exploited tropical forests".

September 13th
Ane Marlene Myhre will on Tuesday 13. September at 12h give a seminar entitled "Effective population size in density-dependent two-sex populations. The effect of mating systems".

August 30th 2016 at 12:00
Prof. Ellen Decaestecker from Ku Leuven, Belgium, will lecture on Environmental dependency of Daphnia - microbiome/parasite interactions in the CBD meeting room.

May 10th 2016 at 12:00
Michael David Martin, who has a Onsager-position at the NTNU University Museum, will give the talk  "Herbaria as genomic repositories: Case studies using ancient DNA"  in the meeting room at CBD.

May 3rd 2016
Ian Renner from, School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences,University of Newcastle, Australia will hold a lecture in the CBD meeting -room, titled "Species distribution modelling through point process models and extensions".

April 26th 2016 at 12:00
Sondre Aanes from the Norwegian Computing Centre will give a talk entitled "Estimation of stock parameters and management advice for Norwegian Spring Spawning herring".

March 15th 2016
Joost Raeykermayers hold the lecture ”Darwin's finches in space and time: exploring phenotypic (and some genomic) variation within an adaptive radiation”, in the CBD Lunch-room at 12:00.

March 10th 2016
Professor Steve Albon from the James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen, UK, is visiting CBD and will give a talk in the CBD lunch room on Thursday 10 March at 12:00: "Contrasting effects of summer and winter warming on body mass explain population dynamics in a food-limited Arctic herbivore".

March 9th 2016
Ian Giertz, from RCN will inform about this springs FRIPRO advertisement in DU2-150 at 14:00.

March 4th 2016
Lunch seminar at 12:00 with dr. Yngvild Vindenes from CEES, UiO. She will give a lecture entitled "Disentangling the relative fitness consequences of early life conditions and maternal size effects in pike (Esox lucius): An integral projection model."

March 1st 2016
CBD Strategy meeting on Scandic Lerkendal.
Scientific staff from 09:00 to 13:00
Phd, Postdocs and engineers from 14:00-16:00

January 29th 2016
Thomas Kvalnes will defend his PhD-thesis, titled "Evolution by natural selection in age-structured populations in fluctuating environments". More info here >>

January 28th 2016
Seminar in Evolutionary Ecology Thursday 28/01/2016 at 14:15 in DU2-150.
Jarrod Hadfield from Edinburgh University will give a talk on "Selection & Inheritance in the Presence of Kin interactions". Jarrod is an evolutionary biologist combining advance statistical modelling with empirical approaches to answer questions in quantitative genetics and evolutionary biology in general. Jarrod Hadfields homepage here >>.

January 26th 2016
Ane Marlene Myhre will hold a talk titled "Effective population size under density dependence and environmental stochasticity", in CBD meeting room at 12:00.

January 19-20 2016
SAB-meeting 2016! Upload the program here >>

January 18th 2016
Prof. John M. Fryxell, Department of Integrative Biology, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, will hold a talk at the Institute lunch-room, DU2-150, at 13:00. The talk is titled "Human consumer-resource dynamics".

January 12th 2016
Lunch-meeting at the CBD lunch-room, Hanno Sandvik lectures on: "Risk-assessing the ecological impact of alien species: a revision of the Norwegian set of criteria."

The BEEhive (Journal Club)

The BEEhive is a journal club where we meet every second Monday at 12:00 to discuss papers within the topics: Behavioural ecology, Evolution, and Ecology.  All are welcome, and feel free to propose paper to discuss by contacting one of the administrators of BEEhive, Maja Tarka or Sebastian Wacker.

R seminars

The R-Seminar will be held the first Tuesday in each month from 13:00 (after the CBD lunch) to 14:00. It is an arena for sharing experiences and solutions to everyday problems using tools in the R statistical software. Everyone are welcome to join, remember to subscribe to receive e-mails about these seminars.
Subscription: Send an e-mail to Peter S. Ranke
Announcement: If you master a useful R-package for a (relatively) general interest and can allocate some time to talk about it, send an e-mail to Peter S. Ranke

Symposia at ESEB organised by CBD-members

CBD will be involved in the organisation of two symposia on the 2017 Congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology in Groningen in the Netherlands (20-25 august 2017). The first symposium is on “Eco-Evolutionary Dynamics” (S24), and is co-organised by Joost Raeymaekers. This symposium will provide a platform to present and discuss new mechanistic, empirical and theoretical insights into eco-(co)evolutionary feedback loops that include 1) interactions among coexisting individuals with alternative life-history strategies, including personalities and tactics; 2) antagonistic interactions, including host-parasite, prey-predator and symbiotic interactions; and 3) interactions between phenotypic variation and community or ecosystem characteristics. In this way, the symposium aims to advance conceptual understanding of eco-evolutionary dynamics in coevolution, speciation and life-history evolution. The second symposium is on “Adaptation to global climate change” (S26) and is co-organised by Irja Ratikainen. Current global climate change is leading to a warmer, but also more variable world. Species are now often facing novel sources of climatic variability, both in their original geographic ranges, but also because climate change-mediated range shifts are exposing species to novel or more spatially-diverse set of climates and weather patterns. A central objective in modern evolutionary biology is to understand how such spatial and temporal variability affect key evolutionary changes including the potential for evolutionary rescue from climate change-induced declines. This symposium will bring together researchers addressing these topics from diverse theoretical and empirical perspectives. The aim is to identify ways that they can be most effectively combined to strengthen conclusions about drivers of changing biodiversity and adaptations at multiple spatial and temporal scales.