Next Event: 7th Annual LERN Conference

Flett Theatre, Natural History Museum, 14 September 2009

09.30 Registration

09.55 Welcome from the LERN committee

10.00 KEYNOTE: Christophe Soligo , University College London.

“Darwinius masillae: Science behind the hype”

10.40 – 11.10 Tea and poster session

11.10 Sexual dimorphism in phytosaurs and its phylogenetic influences (Julien Kimmig)

11.30 The application of molecular phylogenies on studying the relative effects of floristic composition and culture on the selection of medicinal plants (Charilaos Saslis-Lagoudakis)

11.50 Neutral evolution of co-operative transcription factor binding (Alex Stewart)

12.10 Catchment connections and cryptic species: freshwater vicariance in Malawi (Jen Swanstrom)

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 Understanding local adaptation in Northern rock cress: coping with the serpentine syndrome (Elizabeth Bourne)

14.20 Evolution of leaf shape in Begonia section Gireoudia (Saima Umbreen)

14.40 Recent evolution of Rhynchosporium secalis populations in response to selection by fungicides (Nichola Hawkins)

15.00 – 15.30 Tea and poster session

15.30 Are there modes of cultural transmission? (Nicolas Claidière)

15.50 Are we what we eat? Variation of mandibular morphology and masticatory load resistance in late Homo (Flora Groening)

16.10 KEYNOTE: Max Reuter University College London.

“Population dynamics of incompatibility-inducing parasites: social evolution meets parasitism”

16.45 Wrap-up & Prize Giving

17.15 Drinks in local pub

NHM map Click to enlarge – directions to Natural History Museum

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