CIE Seminar Series 2018: Speciation and sexual selection as processes to maintain mitonuclear coadaptation

SPEAKER: Prof Geoffrey Hill, Professor and Curator of Birds, Department of Biological Sciences, Auburn University, Alabama

DATE: Friday, 2nd March 2018

TIME: 1:30pm

LOCATION:  Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds – room KE1.207 Lecture Theatre (CADET building)

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ABSTRACT.  Eukaryotic performance hinges on the coordinated function of the products of the nuclear and mitochondrial genomes in achieving oxidative phosphorylation.  Because two genomes are involved, function is maintained only through perpetual selection for mitonuclear coadaptation.  I’ll discuss how these fundamental features of the genomic architecture of eukaryotes results in both pre- and post-zygotic sorting for co-adapted mitonuclear genotypes leading to both speciation and sexual selection, highlighting recent work with songbird coloration.

BIO. Ph.D. Univ Michigan; Postdoc Queen’s Univ, Canada.  Been at Auburn U for 25 years.  Full Professor.  Five books and now writing 6th book on the co-adaptation of mitochondrial and nuclear genes.  Research interests Animal Coloration, sexual selection, speciation.

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