User:Carl Boettiger/Notebook/Comparative Phylogenetics/2010/06/28
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Evolution 2010 Day 3
Fantastic story of exceptional rates of evolution and trophic novelty in two tropical lakes. (8:45, Adaptation 9, talk 097002)
Cnidarians have homologous proteins to opsins and taste receptors!
Two species of joshua tree each with its own pollinator yucca moth. Moth larva laid in and eat some of Joshua tree fruit, obligate for pollination but if too many eggs are laid tree aborts that fruit. Nice gene flow story reflecting the ability/inability of each moth to cross-pollinate the other tree. Trees overlap in distribution only at one location (top of a horseshoe shape in Nevada).
Nice spatial spread genetic structure model
[github source code?]
Excellent talk discussing limitations and challenges in dating fossils, particularly limitations in rock record itself. A couple nice papers for much better ways on selecting which fossils to use, etc.
Cubic growth function for spread of wolbachia with an allee effect, and how this modifies Fisher's wave equation for spatial spread. Going to applied in 7 million dollar project in releasing wolbachia-infected mosquitoes in Australia to control Dange fever.