Biosciences events in Cornwall

CEC Seminars for 2017/18 - Seminars will take place in Old Chapel Lecture Theatre, at 1:00pm unless othewise stated. All are welcome. The CEC Seminar Series Coordinator is Dr Ben Longdon (

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3 May 201814:00

Heather Ferguson: The changing ecology of mosquito vectors and its implication for malaria elimination

Heather Ferguson from the University of Glasgow. Hosted by Lena Wilfert. Full details
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10 May 201813:00

Erik Postma: Of mice and men: In search of evolution in action in an ever-changing world

Erik Postma from the University of Exeter. Hosted by Alastair Wilson. Full details
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17 May 201813:00

Pedro Value:The role of host genetics in how sick individuals get and how sick they make others

Pedro Value from the University of Edinburgh Why do individuals vary in how sick they get, and how sick they make others? We take a multi-scale, experimental approach to the study of variation in disease, exploring variation host genes, tissue-level responses to infection, individual level physiological states, life-history and behaviour, and population-level experimental epidemics and evolution. Much of this work builds on the unique strengths of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster as model of infection, immunity and behaviour during systemic and chronic infections by either viral and bacterial pathogens. I will present data showing how genetic variation in social aggregation, resistance, disease tolerance, and pathogen shedding combine to produce individual heterogeneities in the spread of infection. Hosted by Lena Wilfert. Full details
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24 May 201813:00

Lauren Brent: Friends, networks, and fitness in group-living animals

Lauren Brent from the University of Exeter. In humans, a lack of inter-personal relationships is associated with poorer health, and reduced survival. These findings are important because they suggest that social relationships are adaptive. Yet the depth of the association between sociality and fitness in group-living animals remains unclear, including whether it occurs in members of the dispersing sex,whether it is consistent across an individual’s life course, and whether it extends to the polyadic connections that make up most social networks. I describe what is currently known (and not known) about the relationship between social networks and fitness in a range of taxa. These results suggest the association between sociality and fitness runs deep in mammalian systems, further confirming the adaptive function of social relationships. Hosted by Alex Thornton.. Full details
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