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[ This post is by Daniel Peterson; I am just putting it up. –B. ]Alaska contains roughly half of the wilderness in the United States. That’s over 230,000 square kilometers of pristine habitat – a place where ecosystem processes disrupted almost everywhere else can be observed in a natural state. Of course, that also means a large proportion of the state isn’t accessible by road, a fact I could barely comprehend as a brand-new grad student stepping off a plane from […]
Hi everybody. An upcoming conference on speciation has just been announced:Gordon Research Conference on SpeciationModes of Diversification, Ecological Mechanisms, and Genomic SignaturesMarch 15–20, 2015Ventura, California, USAA preliminary program is up with a great list of speakers. More information is available at the conference’s home page. Save the date!
[ This post is by Craig W. Benkman; I am just putting it up. –B. ]When we think of species having large and disproportionate impacts on communities, animals like sea otters come to mind. By eating and depleting sea urchins, sea otters prevent urchins from eating and depleting kelp. The huge difference between having kelp forests and their diverse community of fishes, sea lions, and eagles, versus largely kelp-less barrens arises simply from contemporary ecological processes; otters […]
[ This post is by Devon Pearse; I am just putting it up. –B. ]Identifying the genomic basis of complex, ecologically important phenotypes has become a major obsession among many evolutionary geneticists. Recently, some of the best successes in finding them have been in systems in which strong divergent selection has driven genetic changes at a few significant loci. These situations in the wild are analogous to the strong artificial selection imposed in plant and animal breeding. Certain […]
The 73rd Carnival of Evolution has been hosted by Pleiotropy, in a tour de force “World Cup Edition” of the Carnival. The good news: we were a top-seeded team, tied for second place, based on the all-around evolutionary excellence of our nominated post, Katie Piechel’s “Add It Up: The Genetic Basis of Ecological Speciation”. Go check out the Carnival to see how we did.In honor of the World Cup, we have two additional items for your delectation:The […]
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