Institute of Evolutionary Biology (IEB) weekly external seminar series. Talks are usually held at 2pm in Ashworth Lecture Theatre 3, but can vary.

If you have a question about this list, please contact:

Each talk has an organiser. Please contact them in the first instance if you have a query about a particular talk. Only contact one of the people below if you have a question about the list, such as whether your talk or series could be added.



IEB Seminar 8th December
Vanessa Ezenwa (Georgia)
Fri 08 Dec 2017, 15:00 - 16:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT1)

IEB Seminar 13th December 2017
Naomi Pierce (Harvard)
Wed 13 Dec 2017, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

IEB Seminar 17th January 2018
John Parsch (Munich)
Wed 17 Jan 2018, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

IEB Seminar 24th January
Alison Wright (Sheffield)
Wed 24 Jan 2018, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

IEB Seminar 7th February
Diethard Tautz (Max Plank Institute, Ploen)
Wed 07 Feb 2018, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

IEB Seminar 14th February 2018
Sara Sawyer (Colorado)
Wed 14 Feb 2018, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

IEB Seminar 21st Feb 2018
John James Wilson (Beijing)
Wed 21 Feb 2018, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)


IEB Seminar 21st March 2018
Peter Sarkies (MRC, London)
Wed 21 Mar 2018, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

IEB Seminar 28th March 2018
Thomas Flatt (Fribourg)
Wed 28 Mar 2018, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

IEB Seminar 4th April 2018
David Duneau (Toulouse)
Wed 04 Apr 2018, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

Feathers and function; homology and deep homology
Mike Benton (Bristol)
Wed 09 May 2018, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)


IEB Seminar 8th November
Luis Miguel Chevin (Montpellier)
Wed 08 Nov 2017, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)




“Evolution and the life history of the genome”
William Etges (Arkansas)
Wed 27 Sep 2017, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

Clarifying the Complexity of Adaptive Evolution
John Pool (Wisconsin)
Wed 13 Sep 2017, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

IEB Seminar 14th June 2017
Ellen Leffler (Oxford)
Wed 14 Jun 2017, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

Host behaviour and disease spread in wild mice networks
Patricia Lopes (Zurich)
Wed 07 Jun 2017, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

IEB Extra Seminar 6th June 2017
Martina Doblin (Sydney)
Tue 06 Jun 2017, 11:00 - 12:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

The Genomic History of Killer Whale Ecotypes
Andy Foote (Bangor)
Wed 31 May 2017, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

IEB Seminar 17th May 2017
John Davey (Oxford)
Wed 17 May 2017, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)



Sex-differences in senescence patterns across mammals
Jean-Francois Lemaitre (Lyon)
Wed 29 Mar 2017, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

IEB seminar: 'Adaptive models of growth and maturation'
Rufus Johnstone (Cambridge)
Wed 22 Mar 2017, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

Transposable element evolution in Drosophila
Andrea Betancourt (Liverpool)
Wed 15 Mar 2017, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)


Life history trade-offs: an experimental study in wild jackdaws
Jelle Boonekamp (Groningen)
Wed 01 Mar 2017, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

Molecular evolution in parasitic flowering plants
Susann Wicke (Muenster)
Wed 22 Feb 2017, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)



Hormone-mediated maternal effects of the prenatal social environment
Nikolaus von Engelhardt (Plymouth)
Wed 01 Feb 2017, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

Chiral shells, cells and F-molecules
Angus Davison (Nottingham)
Wed 25 Jan 2017, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)


The Evolution of Menopause in Killer Whales
Darren Croft (Exeter)
Thu 08 Dec 2016, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

Synchrony in phenology in space and time
Ella Cole (Oxford)
Wed 07 Dec 2016, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)


Unravelling retrovirus and transposon evolution
Alex Hayward (Cornwall)
Wed 23 Nov 2016, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)




What did we learn from high-coverage archaic genomes?
Kay Pruefer (Max Planck, Leipzig)
Wed 26 Oct 2016, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

Mega-evolutionary dynamics of the adaptive radiation of birds
Gavin Thomas (Sheffield)
Wed 19 Oct 2016, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)


Seasonality and cold hardiness of temperate trees
Yann Vitasse (Switzerland)
Wed 05 Oct 2016, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)


A global scale comparative study of biological invasions
Isabella Capellini (Hull)
Wed 21 Sep 2016, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

Introgression Across the European House Mouse Hybrid Zone
Stuart Baird (Studenec, Czech Republic)
Wed 08 Jun 2016, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)








Protective symbiosis: does it really work in nature?
Jan Hrcek (Oxford)
Wed 09 Mar 2016, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)


Recent changes in the phenology of UK plants and animals
Stephen Thackeray (CEH, Lancaster)
Wed 24 Feb 2016, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)


How sexual conflict shapes insect phenotypes
Jen Perry (Oxford)
Wed 10 Feb 2016, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)



Male and female from a hermaphrodite vantage-point
Lukas Scharer (Basel)
Wed 09 Dec 2015, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

The mutational burden of regulatory function
Martin Taylor (Edinburgh)
Wed 02 Dec 2015, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)


Biased gene conversion: the dark side of recombination
Laurent Duret (Lyon)
Wed 18 Nov 2015, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)








Human disease genes and natural selection: Why do we age?
Arcadi Navarro (Barcelona)
Tue 13 Oct 2015, 16:00 - 17:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)


Flip/flop inversion polymorphisms in yeast evolution
Ken Wolfe (Dublin)
Wed 30 Sep 2015, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)


The Invisible Hand of the Black Queen: Reductive Evolution in the Ocean (and Elsewhere)
Jeff Morris (University of Alabama at Birmingham)
Wed 09 Sep 2015, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)