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Sea Mammal Research Unit: Current seminars

24 Nov 2014
1:00 PM
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D

BSRC Seminar Series: Tracking the proton pathways in respiratory enzymes of the heme-copper oxidase superfamily: Insights from the structure-based simulations
Dr Andrei Pisliakov
University of Dundee

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25 Nov 2014
9:30 AM
Other
Lower College Hall

Distinguished Lecture Series: Systems Biology: Morphisms of Reaction Networks that Couple Structure to Function
Luca Cardelli
Microsoft Research and University of Oxford

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The mech­an­isms under­ly­ing com­plex bio­lo­gical sys­tems are routinely rep­res­en­ted as net­works. Net­work kin­et­ics is widely stud­ied, and so is the con­nec­tion between net­work struc­ture and beha­vior. But it is the rela­tion­ships between net­work struc­tures that can reveal sim­il­ar­ity of mechanism.

We define morph­isms (map­pings) between reac­tion net­works that estab­lish struc­tural con­nec­tions between them. Some morph­isms imply kin­etic sim­il­ar­ity, and yet their prop­er­ties can be checked stat­ic­ally on the struc­ture of the net­works. In par­tic­u­lar we can determ­ine stat­ic­ally that a com­plex net­work will emu­late a sim­pler net­work: it will repro­duce its kin­et­ics for all cor­res­pond­ing choices of reac­tion rates and ini­tial con­di­tions. We use this prop­erty to relate the kin­et­ics of many com­mon bio­lo­gical net­works of dif­fer­ent sizes, also relat­ing them to a fun­da­mental pop­u­la­tion algorithm. Thus, struc­tural sim­il­ar­ity between reac­tion net­works can be revealed by net­work morph­isms, elu­cid­at­ing mech­an­istic and func­tional aspects of com­plex net­works in terms of sim­pler networks.

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25 Nov 2014
1:00 PM
Harold Mitchell
Dyers Brae Seminar Room

CBD Seminar Series: Evolutionary ecology of life-histories in the wild: from polyandry to migration
Prof Jane Reid
University of Aberdeen, School of Biological Sciences

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Overarching objectives in evolutionary ecology are to understand the genetic and environmental causes of variation in life-history among individual population members, and to understand the consequences of such variation for population dynamics and persistence. The causes of variation in reproductive strategies, dispersal and migration are of particular interest, because these life-history components shape the dynamics of alleles and individual organisms in time and space.
 
In her talk, Prof Reid will illustrate how she use long-term studies of wild bird populations to quantify the causes and consequences of individual variation in reproductive and movement strategies. First, she will use quantitative genetic approaches to estimate genetic (co)variances underlying extra-pair reproduction in song sparrows, thereby quantifying forces that might maintain female multiple mating (polyandry). Second, she will illustrate relationships between migration, reproductive success and survival in European shags, thereby investigating the processes that might maintain variation in migration strategy.

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/sbs/people/profiles/jane.reid

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27 Nov 2014
1:00 PM
Irvine Building
Forbes Room (room 409)

Environmental Change Research Group: Bogs and woodlands at the uttermost part of the Earth
Professor Keith Bennett
Queens University Belfast

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Keith Bennett has been Professor of Late-Quaternary Environmental Change
at Queen’s University Belfast since 2007, following eight years as
Professor of Quaternary Geology at Uppsala University. He has been
working on the spread of trees on continental scales for many years,
with fieldwork experience across the world. He is interested in all
aspects of the interplay of evolutionary and ecological factors in
controlling the distribution of organisms, using ancient DNA and pollen
data. He received a Royal Society - Wolfson Research Merit Award in
2007, and was elected Member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2011.

http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/gap/Staff/AcademicStaff/ProfKeithBennett/

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27 Nov 2014
1:00 PM
SOI
Gatty Lecture theatre

SOI seminar: From local habitat to global climate change: the scale of influences on the ecology of coastal marine communities.
Prof Michael Burrows
SAMS - The Scottish Association for Marine Science

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27 Nov 2014
3:00 PM
Other
United College, School 1

I-POWER Lecture Series: Evolution: the Quaternary tale
Professor Keith Bennett
Queens University Belfast

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This lecture series and will be followed by a reception in room 310 of the Irvine Building.

Timing: 3-4.30pm, Thursday 27th November 2014
Place: School 1 lecture theatre

Darwin’s On the Origin of Species has led to a theory of evolution with
a mass of empirical detail on population genetics below species level,
together with heated debate on the details of macroevolutionary patterns
above species level. Most of the main principles are clear and generally
accepted, notably that life originated once and has evolved over time by
descent with modification.
However, the last two million years (Quaternary period) have been a
period of especially high amplitude environmental change across the
Earth, culminating in continental-scale glaciation in the northern
hemisphere. The periodicity of this change is much higher frequency
(20-40[-100] thousand years) than the intervals between lineage splits
for most multicellular taxa (often millions of years or longer), and
much higher amplitude than earlier in Earth history. Yet environmental
change of the Quaternary is typical used to 'explain' speciation events
and higher order lineage splits.
The fossil and molecular phylogenetic records of the response of life on
Earth to Quaternary climatic changes indicate that the evolution of
diversity can best understood in terms of nonlinear dynamics of the
relationship between genotype and phenotype, and between climate and
environments. The Earth’s biodiversity is in a state of continuous
increase and shows, continuously, discrepancies between genetic and
morphological data in time and space. The high amplitude and high
frequency changes of the Quaternary have surprisingly little impact on
this pattern.

Biography: Keith Bennett has been Professor of Late-Quaternary Environmental Change
at Queen’s University Belfast since 2007, following eight years as
Professor of Quaternary Geology at Uppsala University. He has been
working on the spread of trees on continental scales for many years,
with fieldwork experience across the world. He is interested in all
aspects of the interplay of evolutionary and ecological factors in
controlling the distribution of organisms, using ancient DNA and pollen
data. He received a Royal Society - Wolfson Research Merit Award in
2007, and was elected Member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2011.
 

http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/gap/Staff/AcademicStaff/ProfKeithBennett/

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03 Dec 2014
1:00 PM
BMS
Lecture Theatre

BSRC Seminar Series: High-throughput decoding of drug-resistance and virulence mechanisms in African trypanosomes
Prof. David Horn
College of Life Sciences, University of Dundee

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21 Jan 2015
9:00 AM
Other

Linux for Genomics Course at the University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Genomics

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LINUX FOR GENOMICS COURSE
Wednesday 21 January 2015, 09:00 - 17:00, University of Edinburgh

This 1-day workshop is specifically aimed at people without any command-line experience.

The following topics will be covered: - Introduction to Linux - Getting out of trouble - File system - File manipulation - Accessing files - Pipes and redirects - Filtering / manipulating file content - Shell scripts - Process management - BEDTools - bioawk - seqtk - SAMtools - tabix

More information about this workshop, including how to register, can be found at here.

Daniel Barker

https://genomics.ed.ac.uk/linux-genomics

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