New people!

New year, new nationalities into the team! Runa arrived from Norway and Hanna from the Netherlands. This obviously creates problems: we have DutchHanna and FinnHanna in the team now. We’re not sure if the suggested solution to call one of them Hanna and the other one Boss will work.

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Laura Ross will give a talk at IEU on October 19, 2017

Title: When males lose their fathers genome: the why and how of a remarkable reproductive system Abstract: Under standard mendelian inheritance, individuals receive one set of chromosomes from each of their parents, and transmit one set of chromosomes to each of their offspring, without bias. However, across thousands of animal species, males systematically transmit only those chromosomes that they inherited from their father. I …

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Amy Martin from the School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland visited on February 19 – March 13, 2017.

Florian Ruland from Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Freie Universität Berlin joined us from April 24 – 28, 2017.

Hanna ten Brink from the University of Amsterdam joined us from April 24 -26, 2017.

Thomas Aubier from the Centre D’Ecologie Fonctionnelle & Evolutive visited on May 8 – 21, 2017.

Two celebrations!

Both to do with Hanna’s Finnish cultural award; we needed to do something outdoorsy so that we’re not too cultural all the time. First, we dragged ourselves all the way up Pilatus from lake level. Isobel got to do her marmot face selfie and we all got rather sweaty. The following weekend was less sweaty but no less fun – rafting down the Rheinschlucht, but no selfies or any other photo evidence survived.



Special Topic Network – sex and local adaptation

Together with Erik Svensson (Lund), Florence Débarre (Paris) and Tim Connallon (Monash, Australia), we got multi-year funding for an ESEB Special Topics network. We will be running workshops for students and researchers around the topic “Linking local adaptation with the evolution of sex differences”. That’s fantastic news, now we have to figure out what the first concrete thing will be!