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UGI Weekly Science meeting – 26 September 2018

Start: Sep 26, 2018 3:00:00 PM
End: Sep 26, 2018 4:00:00 PM

Title: "Estimating heritability without environmental bias"
Speaker:
Dr Alexander Young - Post-Doctoral Researcher at deCODE Genetics and the Big Data Institute, University of Oxford (personal website)
Venue: G02 Watson LT, Medawar Building (map)
Host:
Professor Richard Mott (email)

CEE Autumn Symposium

Start: Sep 28, 2018 1:00:00 PM
End: Sep 28, 2018 7:00:00 PM

CEE’s Autumn Symposium 2018 will highlight the diverse array of research conducted by CEE members and provide opportunities for discussion and mingling to foster collaborations across CEE institutions.

CBER Research Talk - Dr Tim Newbold - 1 October 2018

Start: Oct 1, 2018 1:00:00 PM
End: Oct 1, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Title: "Land-use and climate interactions, and the future for biodiversity"
Speaker: Dr Tim Newbold - Research Fellow (lab website)
Venue: Lankester LT, Medawar Building (map)
Host: Dr Alex Pigot (email)
Abstract: Land-use and climate change are among the greatest drivers of terrestrial biodiversity loss. However, our understanding of the potential interactions between these drivers remains limited. I will present some of my recent research that attempts to identify some of the ways in which land-use and climate change might interact, and to assess how this might influence future patterns of biodiversity under different scenarios. I will also discuss the consequences of these findings for humans, given our reliance on biodiversity for providing key ecosystem services.

GEE Seminar Series - Professor David Balding - 24 October 2018

Start: Oct 24, 2018 12:00:00 PM
End: Oct 24, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Title: “Progress and controversy in understanding the genetic basis of complex human traits”
Speaker: Professor David Balding - UCL Genetics Institute and University of Melbourne (research profile)
Venue: Malet Place Engineering Building 1.02 (map)

Abstract: Recently there has been much interest in using genome-wide SNPs to assess (i) the trait heritability that is tagged by the SNPs, (ii) the distribution of that heritability across the genome, (iii) the genetic correlation of pairs of traits and (iv) the effect of confounding on genome-wide test statistics.  This approach received a big boost in 2015 with the publication of methods that use only the association test statistics at the SNPs, and not individual genotype data, so that many very large human genetic data sets could be exploited without data confidentiality issues or computing constraints.  I will describe deficiencies in the underlying models that cast doubt on the results of hundreds of publications, many in prestigious journals, and describe better-justified alternatives that lead in some cases to very different conclusions.  This work has been done by Doug Speed with me calling out from the sideline.

GEE Seminar Series - Professor Greger Larson - 31 October 2018

Start: Oct 31, 2018 12:00:00 PM
End: Oct 31, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Title: “Ancient domestic animals: the cause of, and solution to cultural and biological evolution”
Speaker: Professor Greger Larson - Director Palaeogenomics & Bio-Archaeology Research Network, University of Oxford (research profile)
Venue: Malet Place Engineering Building 1.03 LT (map)
Host:
Professor Mark Thomas (email)

CBER Research Talk - Dr Laura Cardador - 5 November 2018

Start: Nov 5, 2018 1:00:00 PM
End: Nov 5, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Title: "Invasion success of recent unintentional bird introductions"
Speaker: Dr Laura Cardador - Marie Curie Research Fellow
Host: Dr Alex Pigot (email)
Venue: Watson LT, Medawar Building (map)
Abstract: Awareness of the negative impact of biological invasions and the critical need for effective management have led to an extended body of research assessing the factors driving invasion success so as to predict invasion outcomes. Bird invasions have been frequently used as study models, with most of our current understanding relying on species purposefully introduced during the 19th and early 20th centuries in countries colonized by Europeans. However, the profile of exotic bird species has changed profoundly in the last decades, as birds are now mostly introduced into the invasion process through unplanned releases from the worldwide pet and avicultural trade. In this talk I will address the role of the three main drivers of invasion success (i.e., event-, species-, and location-level factors) on the establishment and spatial spread of recent unintentional bird introductions and how wild-bird trade regulations can affect invasion risks.

GEE Seminar Series - 12 December 2018

Start: Dec 12, 2018 12:00:00 PM
End: Dec 12, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Further event details will be confirmed shortly. Please check again later.
Venue:
Anatomy G29 J Z Young LT (map)