NIMBioS Tuesday Seminar Series
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 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 206 beginning 30 minutes before each talk. Faculty and students from across the UT community are welcome to join us. The schedule will be supplemented as additional speakers are added.
|Jan 31||Oyita Udiani, NIMBioS postdoctoral fellow (Jan 2017)||TBA|
|Feb 21||Abdul-Aziz Yakubu,** Mathematics, Howard Univ., Washington DC||TBA|
|Apr 11||Suzanne Alonzo, Institute of Marine Sciences, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz||The social side of sex: Male/female coevolution and social plasticity affect reproductive patterns|
|Apr 18||Ward Wheeler,** Invertebrate Zoology, American Museum of Natural History, NY||TBA|
|Sep 25||Elizabeth Borer,** Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, Univ. of Minnesota||TBA|
Time/Date: 3:30 Tuesday, April 11
Location: Hallam Auditorium, Room 206, Claxton Building, 1122 Volunteer Blvd.
Speaker: Suzanne Alonzo, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz
Topic: The social side of sex: Male/female coevolution and social plasticity affect reproductive patterns
Abstract: Extensive empirical and theoretical research has focused on understanding the diversity of reproductive patterns and behavioral interactions observed in nature. I have argued that considering both coevolutionary dynamics and social interactions can improve our ability to explain and predict this striking variation. In my talk, I will discuss why these dynamics are essential for understanding the evolution of male and female reproductive traits. I will first present the results of some general theory examining how social interactions affect evolutionary dynamics and discuss extensions of this theory to our understanding of specific reproductive behaviors. I will then present some data on how interactions between the sexes at mating and fertilization affect sexual selection, potentially driving the evolution of sperm allocation and paternal care in a Mediterranean fish (the ocellated wrasse, Symphodus ocellatus). Finally, I will discuss what these and other similar empirical patterns have to say about what theory and data are needed if we wish to improve our understanding of and capacity to predict the diversity of reproductive patterns observed in nature. Click here for more information.