Tempo and Mode Seminar: Evolutionary dynamics and fitness in wild populations

Date & time

12–1pm 3 August 2018


Eucalyptus Seminar Room (S2.05), Level 2, RN Robertson Building (46), ANU


Loeske Kruuk, E&E, RSB


 Lindell Bromham
 6125 9545


Evolutionary biology is under-pinned by an elegant framework of theoretical models that predict the dynamics of within-population change. Testing this theory empirically is challenging, but I aim to show here how long-term, individual-based studies of wild populations offer unparalleled opportunities for doing so. I explore our current understanding of the theory’s fundamental ingredients: levels of genetic variance, the process of natural selection, and patterns of variation in fitness in the wild. These analyses indicate important  – and interesting – implications Of the reality of natural environments for evolutionary dynamics. The talk will contain results about fairy-wrens.

This talk is a practice run for 2018 Presidents’ Award plenary at the Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology in Montpellier in August 2018, and your feedback is welcome!

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