october, 2018

23oct1:00 pm2:00 pmEnvironmental effects that shape individual life histories: time scales, trade-offs and mechanismsPROFESSOR PAT Monaghan


Event Details

It is now well recognised that the environment is not simply permissive of development, but can also shape the phenotype in ways that can be adaptive. These environmental effects on phenotypic development can come about through both direct and indirect routes, and can span generations. In this talk, I will discuss how conditions in early life can influence subsequent life history. I will focus particularly on early growth, nutrition, stress exposure and parental age, and on consequences that appear later in life and influence ageing and longevity. I will present illustrative data from unmanipulated natural populations, and from a range of taxa in which conditions have been experimentally manipulated in both the lab and the field. I will also examine some potential mechanisms that might mediate effects that can occur over relatively long time scales, including changes in stress sensitivity and telomere dynamics.

Dr Prof Pat Monaghan’s webpage

If you would like to speak to Prof Monaghan please contact Niki Khan.


(Tuesday) 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


Maria Tello Ramos, Niki Khan, Nick Jones