SPEAKER: Dr Ben Phillips, ARC Future Fellow, School of BioSciences, Faculty of Science, University of Melbourne
DATE: Friday, 18th August 2017
LOCATION: Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds- room ka4.207
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ABSTRACT: This is a homily to the role of space in evolution, in three parts. First I will look at expanding range edges and use the cane toad system to explore the evolutionary implications of range advance. Second, I will look at geographic variation in a much more stable system. Using data from climate-relevant traits of a rainforest lizard, I will argue that we can use spatial reasoning to identify when geographic variation is caused by local adaptation (as opposed to plasticity). Finally, I will head back to the toad system to float an adventurous idea for how we might use evolution to stop their invasion.
BIO: Ben Phillips spent most of the last 12 years working across northern Australia on a range of evolutionary and ecological questions. Ben has worked on toads, snakes, mammals, beetles, and even simulated organisms. He is particularly interested in how spatial processes change evolutionary and ecological dynamics. Ben is an ARC Future Fellow and a Senior Lecturer in the School of BioSciences.
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