CIE Seminar Series 2014 – Range Expansion of an Introduced Songbird: Physiological and Behavioral Mechanisms

Andrea LieblSPEAKER: Dr Andrea Liebl, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Exeter, Cornwall
DATE: Friday, 14th November 2014
LOCATION: Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds, Room ka4.207
TIME: 2:00 pm
Seminar will also be video linked to the following campuses: Melbourne Campus at Burwood, Room LT5 (B3.07) and Warrnambool Campus, Room C1.13

ABSTRACT: Introduced species cause considerable ecological and economic damage every year, however, not much is known about how certain species are able to establish and spread beyond the site of introduction whereas others do not.

Here, I talk about studies I conducted in an ongoing range expansion of house sparrows (Passer domesticus).  Specifically, I discuss how individuals change throughout the range expansion in physiology (i.e. stress hormone release), behavior, genetic structure, and epigenetic structure.

BIO: Andrea is currently working at the University of Exeter (Falmouth, UK) as a postdoctoral researcher with Andrew Russell.

There, she is studying the maternal effects of cooperation in the chestnut crowned babbler.

For her PhD, she worked with Lynn Martin on the behavioral and physiological effects on range expansion a recently introduced population of house sparrows.

For enquiries and appointments with the guest speaker, please email Lee rollins.