TLDG readings

The theme for the 2015 Thursday Lunch Discussion Group (TLDG) is Interesting papers by upcoming seminar speakers. Discussing the seminar speaker's papers together beforehand will strengthen our seminar experience, offering a chance for deeper conversations with the speaker when they arrive and giving us background to more fully understand the implications of the speaker's work and seminar. On weeks without a seminar speaker, other topical papers will be chosen for discussion. Links to or pdfs of each week's paper will be posted here.

The group meets in the OEB Seminar Room (319 MOR 2) on Thursdays from 12 noon - 1 p.m. Lunch is provided.

Thursday, February 5
Seminar: Friday, February 6 • Sinauer Associates Lecture: Applications of the Tree of Life
David Hillis, Department of Integrative Biology, The University of Texas at Austin
Host: Norm Johnson
TLDG Reading: Source identification in two criminal cases using phylogenetic analysis of HIV-1 DNA sequences Diane I. Scadutoa,b, Jeremy M. Brownc,1, Wade C. Haalanda,b, Derrick J. Zwicklc,2, David M. Hillisc,3, and Michael L. Metzkera,b,d 2010 PNAS 107: 21242?21247

Thursday, February 11
Seminar: Thursday, February 11 • Known unknowns: Testing assumptions in the genetics of plant speciation, polyploidy, and adaptation
Brian Dilkes, Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Purdue University
Co-hosted with Plant Biology Grad Program
Host: Sam Hazen Discussion leader: Daniel Peterson
TLDG Reading: Josefsson, C., Dilkes, B., & Comai, L. (2006). Parent-dependent loss of gene silencing during interspecies hybridization.Current Biology, 16(13), 1322-1328.

Thursday, February 19
Seminar: Friday, February 20 • Plant-animal mutualisms in the context of climatic variability
Josh Ness, Department of Biology, Skidmore College
Host: Allison Roy and Lynn Adler
TLDG Reading: Ness, J.H., W.F. Morris and J.L. Bronstein (2009) For ant-protected plants, the best defense is a hungry offense. Ecology 90: 2823-2831

Thursday, February 26
Seminar: Friday, February 27 • Evolutionary genetics of plant reproductive form and phenology
Jill Preston, Department of Plant Biology, University of Vermont
Host: Madelaine Bartlett
TLDG Reading:
Preston et al, (2011) Reduce, Reuse and Recycle: Developmental evolution of trait diversification. American Journal of Botany 98(3): 397–403.

Thursday, March 5
Seminar: Friday, March 6 • Alexander Lecture: Evolutionary ecology of inducible defense
Host: Daniel Peterson
Anurag Agrawal, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University
TLDG Reading: Agrawal, et al Insect Herbivores Drive Real-Time Ecological and Evolutionary Change in Plant Populations Science 5 October 2012: Vol. 338 no. 6103 pp. 113-116

Thursday, March 26
Seminar: Friday, March 27 • Predicting microbiomes dynamics: Designing bacterial cocktails to prevent Clostridium difficile infection and to stimulate Treg expansion
Vanni Bucci, Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Host: Kristen DeAngelis and Jeff Blanchard
TLDG Reading: PLoS Comput Biol. 2013;9(12):e1003388.doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1003388. Epub 2013 Dec 12.
Ecological modeling from time-series inference: insight into dynamics and stability of intestinal microbiota. Stein RR, Bucci V, Toussaint NC, Buffie CG, Rätsch G, Pamer EG, Sander C, Xavier JB

Thursday, April 2
Seminar: Friday, April 3 • SEMINAR CANCELLED - Long-term nitrogen dynamics in a tropical landscape
William McDowell, Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of New Hampshire
TLDG Reading: Charlesworth, et al. A Neo-Darwinian commentary on macroevolution 1981 Evolution

Thursday, April 9
Seminar: Friday, April 10 • The role of phenotypic plasticity in the evolution of terrestrial reproduction
Justin C. Touchon, Department of Biology, Vassar College
Host: Dan Moen
TLDG Reading: Touchon et al. Habitat-specific constraints on induced hatching in a treefrog with reproductive mode plasticity. 2011. Behavioral Ecology

Thursday, April 16
Seminar: Friday, April 17 • Evolution of the human brain: Genome, development, and metabolism
Greg Wray, Department of Biology, Duke University
Host: Courtney Babbitt
TLDG Reading: J. Lomax Boyd, Stephanie L. Skove, Jeremy P. Rouanet, Louis-Jan Pilaz, Tristan Bepler, Raluca Gordân, Gregory A. Wray, Debra L. Silver. Human-Chimpanzee Differences in a FZD8 Enhancer Alter Cell-Cycle Dynamics in the Developing Neocortex. Current Biology 2015. 25(6):772-779

Thursday, April 23