2018 Strickland Memorial Lecture

At the University of Alberta, Edmonton, on Friday, March 23, 2018.
Refreshments at 3:30 pm, Strickland Lecture at 4:00-5:00 pm in room 3-27 in the Earth Sciences Building.

The lecture will be given by:
Dr. Chris Jiggins, Professor of Evolutionary Biology
Department of Zoology, Butterfly Genetics Group
Cambridge University, U.K.
Butterfly Genetics Group
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Title: What can we learn about the genetic changes during evolution from brightly coloured tropical butterflies.

Abstract: A major undertaking in evolutionary biology is to link genotype to phenotype and understand the evolutionary changes that lead to adaptation and speciation. Here I will give an overview of our work on the brightly coloured Heliconius butterflies. Among these butterflies, a great diversity of wing patterns are controlled by just a few genes of major effect, each with a diversity of regulatory alleles. Changes in colour pattern contribute to speciation, but need to be associated with corresponding mate preferences to generate assortative mating. The genetic basis for these mate preferences has a similar genetic basis to wing pattern, with just three major QTL controlling mate preference between H. melpomene and H. cydno, and some evidence for a similar functional modularity as seen in wing pattern. Finally hybridisation can play an important role in shuffling these genetic variants into new combinations, rapidly generating new diversity. In summary, evolutionary changes in animal form commonly involve changes in the regulatory switches that control gene expression, and just a handful of loci of large effect can control diversity across a radiation.

Annual Strickland Dinner 2018:

Friday March 23, 2018, following the Strickland Lecture.
Main Dining Room, The University Faculty Club, Saskatchewan Drive.
Cocktails (No-Host Bar) at 5:300 pm, supper to follow at 7:00 pm.

Dinner options:
1. Vegetarian: Baked Curried Vegetable Samosas
2. Breast of Chicken a la "Riviera"
3. Baked filet of Salmon

Served with:
Spinach, Mushroom, and Strawberry Salad
Dessert: Carrot Cake

Prices: $45.00 for faculty, $40.00 for students.


Reservations may be made through Dr. Heather Proctor
email: ((hproctor@ualberta.ca)) phone: 780-492-5704

Reservations (including choice(s) of main course
should be made via email to hold places, but please
mail your cheques made out to University of Alberta,
deadline is March 19th, 2018.
Heather Proctor
Department of Biological Sciences
CW-405 Biological Sciences Building
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2E9

or cash delivered to Heather at:
CW-448 in Biological Sciences Building.