SAAB Webinar Programme 2021

Please Note: Recordings of the webinars can be found here

20 January:   Dr. Blair Cowie (saab Bronze medal winner 2021):

Famine Weed: Understanding the invasion and controls

27 January:  Prof. Timm HofFman (SAAB silver medal winner 2021):

Rethinking catastrophe. Historical trajectories and modelled future vegetation change in southern Africa.

17 February:  Zaynab Shaik (SAAb best young scientist awardee 2020):

Unravelling the evolution of the Cape flora’s endless forms most beautiful: a next-gen approach.

21 April:  Prof. Bob Scholes:

Taking an ecosystems view.

26 MAY: Prof. Serban Proches

Global plant geography: Diversity patterns, kingdoms and biomes

23 June 16h00:  Prof. Dr. Jake Alexander:  

Plant range expansions in mountains

18 AUGUST: DR. KELSEY GLENNON (UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND)

Drakensberg confetti: what drives flower colour variation in a mountain endemic?

15 SEPTEMBER: PROF. JANNICE FRIEDMAN FROM QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY, ONTARIO, CANADA

Ecological genetics of reproductive variation in plants:  the seed to succeed across spatial scales

Plants show incredible diversity in their reproductive strategies, and a central problem for evolutionary biologists is to understand the selective forces and genetic mechanisms that are responsible for the origins and maintenance of this diversity. Current research on the wildflower, Mimulus guttatus (syn. Erythranthe guttata), investigates the evolutionary transition between annual and perennial reproductive strategies, phenotypic and genetic trade-offs between vegetative and reproductive allocation, and the genomics of seasonal cues used to transition to flowering. Using QTL mapping and quantitative genetic analyses, we have identified shared genetic pathways and constraints on adaptive evolution due to genetic correlations, and using whole genome sequencing from plants throughout the range we have identified genomic regions under selection. Field and growth chamber experiments have revealed divergent selection on flowering and allocation. Combined, our research provides an integrative framework for examining how plant sexual system diversity is the result of natural selection and adaptation.

About the speaker: Prof. Jannice Friedman

Dr Jannice Friedmann is an Associate Professor of Evolutionary Biology at Queens University in Ontario, Canada. Jannice obtained her PhD at the University of Toronto in 2009, working with Spencer Barrett, and did a postdoc at Duke University with John Willis. Her research interests are focused on understanding the maintenance of phenotypic evolution and adaptation, mostly in the context of plant reproduction and life history strategies. Jannice also offers courses in Evolution and Evolutionary Genetics at Queens University.

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20 OCTOBER: DR. FLORIAN P. SCHIESTL (UNIVERSITY OF ZURICH) (17H00-FROM VANCOUVER)

Plant – pollinator interactions… Title to be confirmed

17 NOVEMBER: PROF STEPHEN KELLER (UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT)

Can genomics predict population vulnerability to maladaptation under environmental change? Concepts, case studies, and cautions