In conjunction with the interdisciplinary activities of the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS), a seminar series on topics in mathematical biology will be hosted at NIMBioS every other Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) in the Hallam Auditorium, Room 206, Claxton Building, 1122 Volunteer Blvd. Seminar speakers will focus on their research initiatives at the interface of mathematics and many areas of the life sciences. Light refreshments will be served in Room 205 beginning 30 minutes before each talk. Faculty and students from across the UT community are welcome to join us.
Time/Date: Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 10:30 a.m.
Location: Room 105, Claxton Building, 1122 Volunteer Blvd.
Speaker: Dr. Stacy Krueger-Hadfield, Grice Marine Laboratory, College of Charleston
Topic: Brokedown life cycles: Implications of the haploid-diploid life cycle on macroalgal population genetics
Abstract: Many macroalgal life cycles alternate between free-living diploid and haploid stages. Very few studies have addressed population genetic structure and mating systems of macroalgae in native habitats. Thus, it is unclear what impacts biological invasions have on different processes during the haploid-diploid life cycle. I will present part of my dissertation and postdoctoral research on haploid-diploid red seaweed genetic structure and mating systems in order to illustrate the need for a framework with which to design efficient sampling strategies. Better sampling methodology is sorely needed in order to address the impacts of different factors, ranging from the intertidal shorescape to inbreeding depression, on haploid-diploid life cycles.
Seminar Flyer (pdf)
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