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Sexual selection: patterns in the history of life

Scientific meeting

Location

Kavli Royal Society Centre, Chicheley Hall, Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, MK16 9JJ

Overview

Theo Murphy International scientific meeting organised by Dr Rob Knell, Dr Dave Hone and Professor Doug Emlen

Peacock Spider, copyright: Jurgen Otto

Sexual selection is potentially an important driver of macroevolutionary processes like speciation and extinction, but this has rarely been tested using the fossil record. This meeting will bring biologists and palaeontologists together to discuss sexual selection’s role in macroevolution, how to detect it in extinct animals and how to measure its influence on the history of life across geological time.

The schedule of talks and speaker biographies are available below. Speaker abstracts will be available closer to the meeting date. Recorded audio of the presentation will be available on this page after the meeting has taken place. 

Poster session

Participants of the meeting will be able to present. If you would like to apply to present a poster please submit your proposed title, abstract (not more than 200 words in third person), author list, name of the proposed presenter and institution to the Scientific Programmes team no later than Monday 2 April 2018. Please note that places are limited and are selected at the scientific organisers discretion. Poster abstracts will only be considered if the presenter is registered to attend the meeting. 

Attending this event

This is a residential conference, which allows for increased discussion and networking. 

  • Free to attend
  • Advanced registration is essential (please request an invite)
  • Catering and accommodation available to purchase during registration

Enquiries: Contact the Scientific Programmes team.


Event organisers

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Schedule of talks

09 May

09:00-12:15

Session 1

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Chairs

Professor Mike Ritchie, University of St Andrews, UK

09:05-09:30 Sexual selection and macroevolution

Professor Hanna Kokko, University of Zurich, Switzerland

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09:30-09:45 Discussion

09:45-10:15 Speciation and sexual selection

Dr Martine Maan, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

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10:15-10:30 Discussion

11:00-11:30 Sex biased selection and diversification

Professor Locke Rowe, University of Toronto, Canada

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11:30-11:45 Discussion

11:45-12:15 Does sexual selection increase extinction risk? A test using fossil ostracodes

Dr Gene Hunt, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, USA

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12:15-12:30 Discussion

12:30-13:30

Lunch

13:30-17:00

Session 2

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13:30-14:00 Sexual selection, allometry and the cost of honest signalling

Dr Luke Holman, University of Melbourne, Australia

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14:00-14:15 Discussion

14:15-14:45 Problems and potential solutions associated with identifying sexually selected structures in the fossil record

Dr Dave Hone, Queen Mary University of London, UK

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14:45-15:00 Discussion

15:30-16:00 Definitions and diagnoses in the fossil record: sexual selection vs. species recognition and other processes

Professor Kevin Padian, University of California, Berkeley, USA

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16:00-16:15 Discussion

16:15-16:45 The evolution of extreme structures: inferring function from pattern

Mr Devin O'Brien, University of Montana, USA

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16:45-17:00 Discussion

10 May

09:00-12:30

Session 3

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Professor Doug Emlen, University of Montana, USA

09:00-09:30 Sexually dimorphic structures in mammals: can we use them to draw inference about past environments?

Professor Christine Janis, University of Bristol, UK

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09:30-09:45 Discussion

09:45-10:15 Sexual selection on colour signals: mechanisms and diversity

Associate Professor Devi Stuart-Fox, University of Melbourne, Australia

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10:15-10:30 Discussion

11:00-11:30 Sexual selection in ceratopsians

Dr Caleb Brown, Royal Tyrrell Museum, Canada

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11:30-11:45 Discussion

11:45-12:15 Sexual selection, adaptation and extinction: what experimental evolution tells us?

Professor Jacek Radwan, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland

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12:15-12:30 Discussion

12:30-13:30

Lunch

13:30-17:00

Session 4

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Dr Rob Knell, Queen Mary University of London, UK

13:30-14:00 Quantifying patterns of ornament evolution in theropod dinosaurs

14:00-14:15 Discussion

14:15-14:45 Weapons versus signals in sexual systems and their potential impact on macroevolution

Dr Erin McCullough, University of Western Australia, Australia

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14:45-15:00 Discussion

15:30-16:00 Adaptation, extinction and environmental change in the fossil record

Professor Erin Saupe, University of Oxford, UK

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16:00-16:15 Discussion

16:15-17:00 Panel discussion: overview (future directions)

Sexual selection: patterns in the history of life Kavli Royal Society Centre, Chicheley Hall Newport Pagnell Buckinghamshire MK16 9JJ