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Sea Mammal Research Unit: Current seminars

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
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
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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01 Dec 2014
1:00 PM
Harold Mitchell
Dyers Brae seminar room 2

PhD Research Student Lunchtime Chat: How Grants and Fellowships are Reviewed
Prof Mike Ritchie
University of St Andrews, Centre for Biological Diversity

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All postgraduate students in the School of Biology are invited to attend.
Although attendance is not compulsory, a register of attendance will be taken to monitor the uptake of sessions and supervisors are encouraged to allow their students to attend.

host: Mrs Joyce Haynes

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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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