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Ecological Genetics Group Annual Meeting

Date April 5, 2017 - April 7, 2017
Price £175

The 60th Annual meeting of the EGG is coming to Aberystwyth. It was started here 60 years ago – so EGG is coming home.

The EGG is a special interest group of the British Ecological Society.

The EGG meeting is preceded by a Phenomics and Genomics in Ecological Genetics Workshop

60th Annual EGG Meeting

Aberystwyth University April 5th to 7th 2016

Provisional Programme


Tuesday 5th April
12.00     Registration and Key Collection. Old College
14.00     Introduction and welcome

John Warren (Aberystwyth University)

14.05    Discussion topics

“Language ‘evolution’: to what extent can linguistic diversity and change be described in evolutionary terms, and what can this tell us about being human?”

Rob McMahon (Aberystwyth University)

14:30  “We Don’t Talk Much About Colour Here’: colour perception and the evolution of colour language in human populations”

Helen Ougham and Howard (Sid) Thomas (Aberystwyth University)

14.55   “Sexual selection and reginal accents: it may sound like a crazy idea, but what maintains inter-population language variation in highly mobile populations?”

John Warren (Aberystwyth University)

15.15    Coffee
15.45    “Estimating movement and effective dispersal in a partially migratory fish”

Séverine Masson (INRA / University of Pau and Pays de l’Adour)

16.05    “Phylogeny of Oxalis section Corniculatae in botanic garden glasshouse in the UK”

Sam Thomas (Aberystwyth University)

16.25    “Population genetic analyses reveal contrasting geographical structuring and barriers to dispersal in the kelps Saccharina latissima and Laminaria digitata

Jim Provan (Aberystwyth University)

18.15    Fish and Chips on the Sea Front (weather permitting) or in Old College
Wednesday 6th April
10.00     “Divergent functional isoforms drive niche specialisation for nutrient acquisition and use in the rumen microbiome”

Chris Creevey (Aberystwyth University)

10.20     “Detecting signatures of natural selection in the great tit (Parus major)”

Kai Zeng (University of Sheffield)

10.40     “Genomic responses to 17 years of simulated climate change in a species-rich grassland ecosystem”

Raj Whitlock (University of Liverpool)

11.00     Coffee
11.20    “Clonal structuring in a newly discovered population of the One-sided wintergreen (Orthilia secunda)”

Hazel Brown (Queen’s University Belfast)

11.40   “Incidence and structure of asexual reproduction in a temperate canopy tree species across its UK range”

Carl Barker (Edge Hill University)

12.00  “Snails in art and the art of snails” BES Guest Lecture

Steve Jones (University College London)

14.00   Field visit to Hafod Estate and Pwllpeiran Upland Research Centre
18.30   Wine Reception and Posters
19.30   Conference Dinner Old College. Followed by EGG-Head Quiz
 Thursday 7th April
 10.00  “Pure species in a continuum of genetic and morphological variation: sympatric oaks at the edge of their range”             Gemma Beatty (Queen’s University Belfast)
 10.20  “The hybrid origins of three Carex section Phacocystis species”             Emma Dumbill (Edge Hill University)
10.40    “Interfertility and phenotype of independently originated populations of the neo-allopolyploid Mimulus peregrinus (Phrymaceae)”

Mario Vallejo-Marin (University of Stirling)

11.00     Coffee
11.20     “Paramyxid parasites feminise beach-hoppers”

Joe Ironside (Aberystwyth University)

11.40     “Herbivores and hidden diversity in tropical trees”

Catherine Kidner (University of Edinburgh / Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh)

12.00     “Does competition for pollination in species of flax (Linum) affect reproductive success?

Rocío Pérez-Barrales (University of Portsmouth)


April 5, 2017
April 7, 2017
Event Category:


British Ecological Society


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Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 2AY United Kingdom
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