I will be the lecturer for BISC 202 (Genetics) and lab instructor for BISC 102 (Introduction II) at Simon Fraser University during the summer semester. If you are a student enrolled in either of these courses, please refer to the online resources in the course Canvas page. No materials will be posted on this personal website.
A new forthcoming article by Mokkonen, Koskela, Procyshyn and Crespi is now in press at AmNat. The article focuses on a novel concept known as the father’s curse, which involves a trade-off between parenting effort and mating effort. The press release can be found here.
A new article about stabilising selection on important neurogenetic loci by Watts, Kallio, Koskela, Lonn, Mappes & Mokkonen has been published at the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. The open access article can be found here, while the short summary of ‘key insights’ can be found here.
Given the busy nature of research, we often don’t have time to thoroughly read all publications or remember key details when it comes time to write a paper. This website feature, called ‘Key Insights’, provides highlights for selected publications. These are key insights that the authors would like to emphasize that are main points, have been overlooked, are puzzling, or are a little bit of everything. I’m also happy to discuss any of these works in greater detail.
These short synopses will be updated as the weeks pass, and new papers are published.
I will be giving a talk at the ASN/SSE/SSB Evolution meeting in Portland this June as part of the Vice President’s Symposium on ‘Evolutionary Conflict’. See you there!
Meeting information can be found here.
We have a new paper in press at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. It is the first study to characterize a promoter microsatellite for the oxytocin receptor gene (Oxtr), and demonstrates how the length of these regulatory-region associated microsatellites corresponds to the level of gene expression, with corresponding fitness effects. Importantly, this study is also one of the first in vertebrates to characterize sexually antagonistic genetic loci – Oxtr and Avpr1a – which have different fitness optima in males and females. It is an open access article, viewable by anyone here.
Congratulations to Eija Lönn for successfully defending her PhD thesis in a delightful discussion with her opponent, Professor Craig Primmer (Turku University). While I could not attend in person, I was still in the audience (via Skype) and learned a lot of fascinating details about neurogenetics and molecular evolution. Well done, Eija!