Variation in fitness in wild animal populations: Playing hide-and-seek with adaptive evolution and neutrality

Date & time

1–2pm 17 October 2017


Gould Seminar Room (Rm 235), Bldg 116, Gould Building, Daley Road, ANU


Timothee Bonnet, Kruuk Group, E&E, RSB


 Megan Head
 6125 8436


In natural populations fitness tends to vary even more than the definitions given to fitness, which says a lot. Variation in fitness proxies among individuals controls crucial parameters such as selection, rate of adaptive evolution, population growth rate, and the probability that a population persist in the face of environmental change. Different causes underlying this variation, however, can lead to different parameter values and different consequences. It is probably too ambitious, but I will try and explain how adaptive and neutral processes can both be elusive. I will discuss how to detect differences among individuals; whether neutral or selective processes explain cyto-nuclear discordant introgression; contemporary evolution, and, if time permits, the demographic consequences of adaptation.


I did my PhD and a first post-doc at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, working on the contemporary evolution and population dynamics of a wild rodent population. I am also interested in hybridization and genetic introgression.More on the "InterWeb":

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