Plenary speakers

ESEB2019 – European Society for Evolutionary Biology

Plenary speakers

Anna-Liisa Laine (University of Zurich, Helsinki University)

Plant-pathogen evolution, evolutionary epidemiology, trophic interactions

Biography

Anna-Liisa Laine is an evolutionary ecologist who is broadly interested in the eco-evolutionary feedback loops that drive species interactions. She is a professor of ecology at the University of Zurich, and a visiting professor at the University of Helsinki. She received her PhD at the University of Helsinki in 2005 and continued to do post doctoral research at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and CSIRO Canberra. Much of her work is focused on uncovering the mechanism that enable coexistence of host and their parasites in natural populations, and the mechanism which maintain diversity in host-parasite interaction traits. Currently, her work is addressing these questions within a community ecology framework.

Rasmus Nielsen (UC Berkley/Copenhagen)

Human adaptation in time and space

Biography

Dr. Nielsen’s work is on statistical and population genetic analyses of genomic data, in particular methods for detecting natural selection, describing population genetic variation, inferring demography, and methods for association mapping. Much of his current research concerns statistical analysis of next-generation sequencing data, both in the context of medical genetics and population genetics. Many of the methods he has developed are heavily used by other researchers, including the phylogeny based methods for detecting positive selection implemented in PAML, the methods for inferring demographic histories implemented in the IM and IMa programs, the method for detecting selective sweeps implemented in the SweepFinder programs, and the methods for analysing Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) data implemented in ANGSD.

Sinead Collins (Edinburgh)

Microbial evolution

Biography

Sinead Collins is a Reader at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on building the theory needed to predict trait evolution in large populations of photosynthetic microbes, particularly those in the ocean. To do this, she and her group use microbial experimental evolution, make models, and collaborate closely with marine microbiologists and oceanographers.  Experimental evolution is a field that rarely considers marine systems, and Sinead has spent much of the past decade working with others to create a field of “marine microbial experimental evolution” that pulls together the strengths of marine and evolutionary biologists.

Pat Monaghan (Glasgow)

Life-history evolution; long and short term resource allocation trade-offs

Biography

Pat Monaghan is an evolutionary ecologist, based at the University of Glasgow, where she holds the Regius Chair in Zoology.  She did her PhD at Durham University on seabird ecology, followed by work on the interactions between seabirds and fisheries management.  She then began research on the effect of early life conditions in shaping individual life histories, involving studies at many different biological levels from physiology and molecular biology to ecology and behavioural biology. Her work is mainly on birds, with related work in other taxa. A current major focus is on telomere dynamics, and the extent to which this system of genome protection influences life history evolution and ageing patterns.

David Queller (Washington)

Social selection

Biography

David Queller is a professor at Washington University in St. Louis.  His dissertation investigated sexual selection and kin selection in plants. He subsequently worked for many years, together with Joan Strassmann, on social insects, showing the importance of relatedness in both cooperation and conflict. They later switched to studying social amoebas, especially the evolution of cheating in and its control by high relatedness, kin discrimination, pleiotropy, and resistance. His theoretical work includes methods for estimating relatedness, models of kin selection and other social forces, the evolution of eusociality via demographic advantages, evolutionary conflict, and fundamental theorems of natural selection.