University of St Andrews
Sea Mammal Research Unit

Sea Mammal Research Unit: Current seminars

24 Oct 2014
1:00 PM
Dyers Brae
Seminar Room

Transcriptome assembly and other computational adventures in biology
Dr Martyn Winn,
STFC Daresbury Laboratory

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host: Dr Daniel Barker

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28 Oct 2014
1:00 PM
Lecture Theatre D

CBD Seminar Series: Social and antisocial behaviour in parasitic wasps
Dr Ian Hardy
University of Nottingham, School of Biosciences

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After introducing parasitic, or ‘parasitoid’, wasps  of which there are many thousands of species worldwide, Dr Hardy will discuss species in which adult wasps fight each other directly for vital resources and outline what determines which contestant wins. He will then discuss some very unusual parasitoids that do not fight, but several mothers look after broods of offspring communally (termed quasi-sociality). He will offer an explanation for this behaviour.  Both fighting and non-fighting wasps tend to produce mainly females in their offspring groups. The reasons for biased sex ratios in fighting wasps are well understood but the sex ratios of quasi-social wasps require explanations that are novel among parasitoids.

host: Dr Maria Dornelas

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30 Oct 2014
1:00 PM
Gatty Lecture theatre

SOI seminar: Ecosystem approach to fisheries
Prof Simon Jennings
Chief Science Advisor at the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), Lowestoft

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Simon Jennings is a Chief Science Advisor at the Centre for 
Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), Lowestoft. Through Cefas, he advises national and international bodies on marine environmental management, with a focus on issues relating to biodiversity and fishery-environment interactions. He is a former Chair of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, Advisory Committee on Ecosystems. Simon is also active as a research scientist, and works with colleagues to understand the structure and function of marine systems, to assess human and environmental impacts on populations, communities and ecosystems and to develop and apply tools to support marine environmental and fisheries management. This research is not strongly tied to specific approaches, scales or systems and spans the continuum from fundamental to applied. Research outputs have led to new methods of marine monitoring, assessment and management. Simon also holds a Chair of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia, where he works for one day each week to develop and facilitate research collaborations between the University of East Anglia and Cefas; a contribution to the strategic alliance signed by these institutions in 2008.

host: Dr Dave Ferrier

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06 Nov 2014
1:00 PM
Gatty Lecture theatre

SOI seminar: What have we learnt about ocean acidification and what is the way forward?
Prof Jean-Pierre Gattuso
Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche, France

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03 Dec 2014
1:00 PM
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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