Seminar to Accompany Thesis Research in Evolutionary Genetics

(The Morgan* Club)

Tuesdays 15:00-16:30
Biozentrum B01.015 (currently per Zoom)
Prof. Dr. John Parsch

Summer Semester 2021

20.04.2021 - Research update: Aleksei

27.04.2021 - Paper: Parker et al. (Vera)

04.05.2021 - [reserved]

11.05.2021 - Paper: Benowitz et al. (Amanda)

18.05.2021 - [reserved]

25.05.2021 - Paper: Ruzicka et al. (John)

01.06.2021 - Research update: Sonja

08.06.2021 - Paper: Green et al. (Tim)

15.06.2021 - Biosafety training

22.06.2021 - Research update: Tim - Special starting time 13:30!

29.06.2021 - Research update: Vera

06.07.2021 - Research update: Amanda

13.07.2021 - Bachelor/Master student projects

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.

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

Lenormand et al. (2020) Sex Chromosome Degeneration by Regulatory Evolution [PDF]

Pischedda et al. (2020) The Loci of Behavioral Evolution: Evidence That Fas2 and tilB Underlie Differences in Pupation Site Choice Behavior between Drosophila melanogaster and D. simulans [PDF]

Benowitz et al. (2020) Contributions of cis- and trans-Regulatory Evolution to Transcriptomic Divergence across Populations in the Drosophila mojavensis Larval Brain [PDF]

Parker et al. (2021) Sex-specific responses to cold in a very cold-tolerant, northern Drosophila species [PDF]

Galouzis et al. (2021) Transvection regulates the sex-biased expression of a fly X-linked gene [PDF]

Lund-Hansen et al. (2021) Sexually antagonistic coevolution between the sex chromosomes of Drosophila melanogaster [PDF]

Kawecki et al. (2021) The Genomic Architecture of Adaptation to Larval Malnutrition Points to a Trade-off with Adult Starvation Resistance in Drosophila [PDF]

Xia et al. (2021) Genomic analyses of new genes and their phenotypic effects reveal rapid evolution of essential functions in Drosophila development [PDF]

Machado et al. (2021) Broad geographic sampling reveals the shared basis and environmental correlates of seasonal adaptation in Drosophila [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).