Research Seminar: Dr Lewis Spurgin (University of East Anglia)
Dr Dr Lewis Spurgin hosted by Professor Mark Beaumont
Life Sciences Building Seminar Rooms (G13/G14)
Population history and adaptation in an ecological model species
Abstract: A major aim of evolutionary biology is to understand how natural selection interacts with other evolutionary forces to shape patterns variation among populations and species. I will discuss recent work on genomic variation among wild 28 great tit (Parus major) in Europe. Using genetic data, we have reconstructed the population history of European great tits, and examined how evolution has shaped variation across the genome as this species has colonised its present-day range. I will also discuss an example of recent adaptation in a UK population of great tits, where there appears to have been rapid and recent natural selection for increased bill length, possibly as a result of the introduction of bird feeders in the UK.
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