Seminar to Accompany Thesis Research in Evolutionary Genetics

(The Morgan* Club)

Tuesdays 15:00-16:30
Biozentrum B01.015
Prof. Dr. John Parsch

Winter Semester 2019/2020

22.10.2019 - Organizational Meeting

29.10.2019 - [reserved]

05.11.2019 - Master Thesis Presentation: Vanessa

12.11.2019 - Paper: Hollis et al. 2019 (Liza)

19.11.2019 - Master Project Presentation: Linda; Paper: Loehlin et al. 2019 (Amanda)

26.11.2019 - Paper: Mallard et al. 2018 (Tim)

03.12.2019 - Research Update: Aleksei; Master Thesis Presentation: Siddhanth

10.12.2019 - Research Update: Amanda

17.12.2019 - [reserved]

07.01.2020 - Paper: Raices et al. 2019 (Aleksei)

14.01.2020 - Paper: Naqvi et al. 2019 (Sonja)

21.01.2020 - Research Update: Liza; Research Update: Tim

28.01.2020 - Master Student Presentations: Ingo, Vera, Özgün


Potential papers

If you would like to present one of the following papers, or if there is another paper you would like to present, please send the title (and PDF for new papers) to John Parsch. Papers will be assigned on a "first come, first served" basis.

Jaquiery et al. (2018) Disentangling the Causes for Faster-X Evolution in Aphids [PDF]

Llopart et al. (2018) Support for the Dominance Theory in Drosophila Transcriptomes [PDF]

Mallard et al. (2018) A simple genetic basis of adaptation to a novel thermal environment results in complex metabolic rewiring in Drosophila [PDF]

Rech et al. (2019) Stress response, behavior, and development are shaped by transposable element-induced mutations in Drosophila [PDF]

Svetec et al. (2019) Functional Analysis of a Putative Target of Spatially Varying Selection in the Menin1 Gene of Drosophila melanogaster [PDF]

Barghi et al. (2019) Genetic redundancy fuels polygenic adaptation in Drosophila [PDF]  

Hollis et al. (2019) Sexual conflict drives male manipulation of female postmating responses in Drosophila melanogaster [PDF]  

Ruzicka et al. (2019) Genome-wide sexually antagonistic variants reveal long-standing constraints on sexual dimorphism in fruit flies [PDF]  

Loehlin et al. (2019) A major role for noncoding regulatory mutations in the evolution of enzyme activity [PDF]  

Raices et al. (2019) Haploid selection drives new gene male germline expression [PDF]  

Naqvi et al. (2019) Conservation, acquisition, and functional impact of sex-biased gene expression in mammals [PDF]  

Green et al. (2019) Cis- and trans-acting variants contribute to survivorship in a na├»ve Drosophila melanogaster population exposed to ryanoid insecticides [PDF]  

Siddiq et al. (2019) Fitness effects but no temperature-mediated balancing selection at the polymorphic Adh gene of Drosophila melanogaster [PDF]  


For paper presentations: the presenter is encouraged to prepare slides with the important figures, as well as other slides to illustrate the background and significance of the paper. It is important to put the paper in context: what are the major questions that are addressed? What is the new contribution of this paper to our knowledge of the topic. You should not just simply go through the paper line by line and tell us what the authors did. Instead you should add some perspective to the paper and highlight aspects that might be especially relevant to our group. Everyone should read the paper in advance and be ready to discuss it. We will not have strict time limits, but the target is to spend about 30-40 minutes per paper.

For research talks: you should treat this talk as if you were giving a seminar to a general audience. For example, imagine that you were invited to give a talk in our EES seminar series or that you are giving a talk as part of a job interview for a postdoc or a professorship. You should explain the background clearly, even though many in the audience will already be familiar with it. It is okay if the results are still preliminary, as you should give an update on the current state of your research. The target length should be 30-40 minutes, followed by a discussion. Everyone in the audience should take notes regarding mistakes/typos on the slides and parts of the presentation that were unclear. After the talk, everyone should give feedback to the presenter so that he/she may improve the next talk.

For bachelor/master thesis presentations: you should describe your project in about 20 minutes. Even if your thesis is not completely finished, you should still present on the assigned date and describe the current state of your project.

Students doing shorter research projects (IRTs, MEME short projects, Forschungspraktika) should give a short presentation of their project. If the project is not yet finished, you should present the current state, with background, methods, results, and goals of the project (about 15 minutes).