april, 2017

14apr1:00 pm2:00 pmBats, wolves and whales: Adaptive evolution in highly mobile mammals via landscape geneticsDr Pavel Hulva


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Studying adaptive evolution in natural conditions is very complicated task. One possible approach involves assessing biogeographical variation. In the case of highly mobile organisms, population differentiation in confined areas could be often ascribed to isolation by environment or/and isolation by adaptation, rather than to physical barriers to gene flow. Novel tools, which efficiently provide a realistic assessment of relationships between population structure and environmental qualities, arose within the field of landscape genetics. An especially useful approach is derived from the circuit theory.  Here I will discuss the application of these tools to diverse mammalian groups with different body plans enabling efficient dispersal, with examples that encompasses transition zones between ecotypes, and the potential of the circuit theory framework in cetacean research.

Pavel Hulva is a researcher in the Department of Zoology at Charles University in Prague. His main research interests are molecular evolution (phylogenetics, phylogeography, landscape genetics, population genetics), bats (Chiroptera) and mammals (Mammalia).

If you would like to meet with Pavel, please contact Emma Carroll.

Pavel Huvla’s website


(Friday) 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Dyer's Brae Seminar Room

Dyers Brae, School of Biology, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Greenside Place, Fife, KY16 9TH, UK


Ellen Garland & Christian Rutzecg5@st-andrews.ac.uk, cr68@st-andrews.ac.uk Dyers Brae, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9TH, UK