Double seminar about plant–insect interactions and speciation
As part of the ongoing international exchange program between Lund University and University of Denver we will have a double seminar with researchers from Denver in USA. Shannon M. Murphy will give a talk about "Bottom -up and top-down interactions at multiple trophic levels". The title of Erica Larson's talk is "Sex chromosomes, speciation, and the sensitivity of spermatogenesis".
About the speakers
Research in the Murphy lab is focused on the ecology and evolution plant-insect interactions. The goal is to understand why insects eat what they do and to approach this research by asking questions at multiple scales, from populations to communities to ecosystems.
In the Larson Lab, we want to understand the origins of species diversity and how evolutionary forces drive speciation. Males and females interact at different organizational levels—as individuals, gametes, sex chromosomes, and genes that have evolved male and female-biased functions. We study how sexual selection and genomic conflict shape the evolution of reproduction, and how divergence in these key reproductive traits contribute to speciation.