The 2019 CIE Annual Conference – mark it in your calendar

Dear CIE staff and students,

The Centre for Integrative Ecology invites you to attend the 2019 CIE Annual Conference to be held on Wednesday, 16th October at the Deakin Downtown, Melbourne.

The conference is an important event in the annual calendar of events for the Centre. It is an opportunity for all staff and students to come together to listen, discuss and contribute. It creates a great forum for our academics, researchers and students for networking and build on possible collaborative links with those from other campuses. A great platform for our students to showcase their research and reflect on what has been achieved.

We would like as many staff and students to attend as possible, as this is important to the success of the day and ultimately the success of our future that as many staff and students contribute at these events as possible.

More detailed information and registration details on the conference will be emailed to all in due course. At this stage, we wanted to give you the heads-up and have it booked in your diary!

CIE Seminar Series – 2019: In living colour: Why do colours change across life stages?

SPEAKER: Dr Iliana Rocio Medina Guzman, McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow, School of BioSciences, Faculty of Science, University of Melbourne

DATE: Friday, 14th June 2019

TIME: 1:30pm

LOCATION: Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds – room ka4.207.

Seminar will also be video linked to the following campuses: Melbourne Campus at Burwood – Burwood Corporate Centre and Warrnambool Campus, Room J2.19 (Fishbowl).

External visitors – wish to join us and connect to our seminars?
External parties may connect to the live seminar via *N SEBE VMP LES Seminars 52236958@deakin.edu.au [ID.36958] via the methods listed below:

  • For external guests, you can connect as a web guest by clicking HERE. If using Chrome you it will prompt you to install the Cisco Jaba Plugin, then it will prompt you to download the extension which you will need to install. Once this has been installed, you will have a black screen with a call button. You will just need to click call and it should connect into the VMP.
  • For Deakin staff and students, please join via Skype for Business (Lync) – if you have office installed you may already have Skype for business or Lync installed. You just need to look for it on the start menu. If you find it, you can log into skype using your Deakin email and password and then dial 36958.
  • Could not log in? More info on how to connect is available HERE or HERE.
  • From a mobile phone or landline: call +613 92517000, wait for the prompt,then enter the five digit VMP number (36958)
  • Please note that connection is only available while a seminar is taking place.

As a courtesy, we request that when connecting to the seminar that you mute your microphone unless you are required to speak, this would ensure that the sound from the speaker to the audience is not disrupted by feedback from your microphone – thank you!

ABSTRACT.

Many insects change colour during ontogeny and, in some, this can be explained by different selective pressures acting on highly dissimilar adult and larval forms. However, some insects, such as many true bugs (Heteroptera), retain similar body shape and share similar predators and habitats through ontogeny. Many of these species also release defensive secretions which are advertised with bright colours, and are thus considered aposematic.

In this talk I will present the most recent results on two projects related to this question. We use a comparative approach and predation experiments to understand what drives the evolution of colour changes in butterflies and in bugs.

BIO.

Iliana completed her Undergrad and Masters at the Universidad de los Andes in Colombia, where she studied evolution of colour in poison frogs. In 2012 she moved to Australia to complete her PhD at the Australian National University. She then moved to Melbourne as a McKenzie Fellow.

Iliana’s main interest is the macroevolution of animal behaviour and coloration, and she uses phylogenetic comparative methods in combination with field and lab experiments to answer broad questions in ecology.

Appointments with speaker may be made via Matthew Symonds (matthew.symonds@deakin.edu.au).

For more info: https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/individuals/dr-iliana-medina