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Evolutionary dynamics and effects of climate change in a wild bird population Event as iCalendar

01 April 2019

1 - 2pm

Venue: Mac 1 Biology Building

Location: 5 Symonds St

Host: SBS

Contact info: Kristal Cain

Contact email: k.cain@auckland.ac.nz

Speaker: Professor Loeske Kruuk, Research School of Biology, Australian National University College of Science


In this seminar, Professor Loeske Kruuk aims to illustrate two uses of long-term studies of wild animal populations, using data from a 30-year study of a cooperatively-breeding bird, the superb fairy-wren.

Firstly, fairy-wrens can be used for empirical tests of evolutionary theory. Professor Kruuk will explore the current understanding of fundamental theory that underpins evolutionary biology and its core ingredients: the process of natural selection, levels of genetic variance, and patterns of variation in fitness in the wild.

Secondly, fairy-wrens can be used to document the effects of climate change. Professor Kruuk will present analyses of effects of weather on body size and phenology in fairy-wrens. Both aspects provide important insights into the processes shaping the dynamics of populations responding to environmental change.

For more information please contact Kristal Cain: k.cain@auckland.ac.nz