Past events

5.30pm 16 June 2016
Monsoonal climate is supposed to be less 15 Myr old but in a new paper Susanne Renner argues that there are different monsoons with different histories. She also criticises...
12–1am 14 June 2016
Christmas Island National Park ranger Brendan Tiernan will discuss Parks Australia’s success in bringing back two species of endemic Christmas Island reptile,...
1–2pm 7 June 2016
Spatial Phylogenetics - combining molecular phylogenetics with collection-based data to interpret evolutionary and ecological history, as well as better inform conservation...
5.30pm 2 June 2016
This week we will discuss a timely reminder that a sound education in natural history underpins all of biology, and without which biology becomes an esoteric exercise disconnected...
1–5pm 2 June 2016
Each year the CBA funds a number of small pilot projects, called Ignition grants. These aim to 'kick-start' new ANU-CSIRO collaborative research, with the intention...
5.30–7pm 25 May 2016
If two plants look the same, are they from the same species? How do we choose which individuals to move in conservation translocation projects? How do we find out which processes...
1–2pm 11 May 2016
Antievolutionist creationism has had a number of major waves, focused in the U.S. but spreading internationally. The last major wave was "intelligent design"...
5.30pm 7 April 2016
This week we will discuss a paper that estimates the phylogeny of closely related species (ursine bears) and deals with complexities caused by incomplete lineage soring and...
12–1pm 6 April 2016
As global leaders recognise the importance of a healthy environment for human prosperity, knowledge about flora and fauna is becoming more valuable and new economic models of...
5–6 April 2016
How  do organisms attain their specific form? The immense diversity of biological systems is a result of an elegantly complex process of tightly coupled biophysical...
12–1pm 11 March 2016
CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing technology is transforming the way in which molecular biology is conducted. Genetic modifications can now be achieved with greater precision and...
5.30pm 10 March 2016
For discussion this week, let's discuss a recent paper on species delimitation and the phylogenetic species concept: Zachos FE. 2016. Tree thinking and species...
5.30pm 25 February 2016
I have stumbled across a paper (Susoy et al 2016) that proclaims the novel discovery of “polyphenism” within species, in which multiple disparate phenotypes occur...
11 February 2016
It’s been a while, 10+ years, since early and mid-career researchers (EMCRs) were able to share their discoveries, innovations and ideas at the Research School of Biology...
1–2pm 10 February 2016
Species are often defined on the basis of reproductive isolation, but less well appreciated is that species can be reproductively isolated for some parts of the genome and not...
9–12 February 2016
Species on the Move International Conference The global redistribution of our planets’ species is widely recognised as a fingerprint of climate change, however, the...
5.30pm 4 February 2016
For Coopers & Cladistics this week Mike Crisp is away, so I will be leading a discussion of phylogenetic dating methods, especially new methods where dated fossils are...
11am 27 January 2016
Arthropods account for more than 60% of the world’s species, and include a wide array of economically and ecologically important taxa. Despite their diversity and...
University House
5.30pm 21 January 2016
For our first meeting for 2016, I am suggesting a paper that asks whether speciation in the mountains of the South African SW Cape floristic hotspot was primarily driven by...
11am–12pm 3 December 2015
The Compositae (Asteraceae) family is the largest flowering plant family with ca. 25,000 species. Its members have successfully colonized the Pacific Islands 38-43 times (...

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