Evolutionary innovations are scattered throughout the tree of life and have allowed the organisms that possess them to occupy novel adaptative zones. While the impacts of these innovations are well-documented, much less is known about how these innovations arise in the first place. Patterns of covariation among traits across macroevolutionary timescales can offer insights into the generation of innovation. However, to date, there is no consensus on the role that trait covariation (i.e. integration and modularity) plays in this process. Here, we examine two case studies in fishes to determine the role that trait integration has played in shaping the striking evolutionary innovations that each clade possesses.
Dr. Daniel Promislow, co-director of the Dog Aging Project and professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the University of Washington School of Medicine, will discuss his team’s massive project to study the aging processes of our canine companions. This virtual event is free and open to the public.
School of Biological Sciences welcomes Dr. Jesse Barber, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Boise State University. Barber will discuss the sensory ecology of animal behaviors and distributions of bats, birds, and bugs .
School of Biological Sciences welcomes Dr. Todd Brown
Co-Creator of Operation Outbreak, Founder and President of Inspire Project. He will be discussing Operation Outbreak and its role in the STEM community.
School of Biological Sciences welcomes Gergana Nestorova, Assistant Professor at Louisiana Tech University. Nestorova will speak about a one-step gene extraction tool that will improve the ISS Bioanalytical Facility.