As you hopefully already know, Drs. Katja Tynkkynen
and Janne Kotiaho
from University of Jyväskylä in Finland
will visit our department and our research group this week. They will arrive tomorrow (Tuesday), and will participate in our lab-meeting on Wednesday morning (10.15). Maren will provide some "fika".
We will discuss two papers suggested by Janne, that have already been sent out to you. Please contact me or anyone else in the group if you have not got these papers, so that you are prepared for Wednesday morning. Both papers deal with species concepts and speciation, one with Lamarck's species concept, the other with definitions of sympatric speciation.
The title of the papers for the seminar are:
Jean-Baptiste Pierre Antoine de Monet, Chevalier de Lamarck
On classification and evolution
Philosophie zoologique, ou exposition des considérations
relatives à l'histoire naturelle des animaux.
(Zoological Philosophy. An Exposition with
Regard to the Natural History of Animals)
by J.B. Lamarck
Translated by Hugh Elliot
Macmillan, London 1914
Reprinted by University of Chicago Press, 1984
Fitzpatrick et al. 2008. What, if anything is sympatric speciation? 2008.
J. Evol. Biol. 21:1452-1459.
After the lab-meeting, I will bring Janne for a lunch on Wednesday together with Susanne Åkesson, Anders Brodin, Anders Hedenström and Dennis Hasselquist. We will plan the International Behavioural Ecology Congress (ISBE) that will take place in Lund 2012, and we would like to get some feedback and advices from Janne about his experiences when he arranged the ISBE-meeting in Jyväskylä a few years ago. I hope the rest of you can take care of Katja during Wednesday lunch. The afternoon will be set aside for scientific discussions in the "Darwin"-room, where Katja will present some of her work.
On Thursday (19/3), Janne will present a talk about the history of sexual selection, that will take place in the "Blue Hall" (bottom floor in the Ecology Building) at 14.00. The title of this talk is:
"The past and present of the theory of sexual selection through mate choice"
Janne has promised to present a historical overview about the intellectual roots of the idéa of sexual selection through female choice, and the (possible) role of the feminist movement in affecting its scientific acceptance in the early 1980'ties, more than hundred years after it was originally developed by Charles Darwin.
This is likely to be a fun, and perhaps also controversial talk, so do not miss it! Janne has promised to "discuss some of the slightly less pleasent aspects of the current scientific enterprise through some examples stemming from sexual selection.". We are indeed looking forward to this.