Conference "Adaptation and speciation in Littorina" @UVIGO | EMBRC

Conference "Adaptation and speciation in Littorina" @UVIGO


Conference "Adaptation and speciation in Littorina" @UVIGO

On Monday 9th of October, Roger Butlin, Professor of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Sheffield and Guest Professor at the University of Gothenburg, will present, in a new session of UVIGO´s cycle of conferences “Café con Sal”, the conference titled "Adaptation and speciation in Littorina". 

Professor Butlin has focused his career on the genetic basis and evolution of barriers to gene flow during the process of speciation. Although in the past he has used a range of organisms, especially grasshoppers, his current work through the project BARRIERS, funded by an advanced grant from the European Research Council (ERC), involves the study of speciation in the marine snail Littorina. Project BARRIERS will rely on EMBRC facilities in Vigo (ECIMAT; EMBRC-Spain) and Roscoff (SBR; EMBRC-France) for an important part of its experimental work. The work developed in Vigo, in collaboration with the researchers Emilio Rolan and Juan Galindo, from UVigo Populations Genetics Team, will compare the genetics of divergence and the extent of reproductive isolation in contact zones in Spain with those in Sweden.

During his conference, Professor Butlin will describe ongoing analyses of contact zones between ‘crab’ and ‘wave’ ecotypes of Littorina saxatilis, discussing how cline analysis can reveal the arrangement of loci under selection, which is important for the evolution of further reproductive isolation".

The conference will take place at the conference room of UVIGO´s faculty of Marine Sciences at 11:00h (CEST) and will be live streamed on and permanently available on our websites and social media afterwards

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