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What Anolis lizards can teach us about how evolution works

21 Feb 2020 - Nathalie Feiner, Lund University, Sweden | 15h30
What Anolis lizards can teach us about how evolution works


The adaptive radiation of Anolis lizards is an iconic example of evolution. Ancestors of these lizards have colonized Caribbean islands and repeatedly evolved similar phenotypes. Their great diversity offers us a ‘natural experiment’ that allows us to explore the developmental and genetic underpinnings of their evolutionary success. In my talk, I will present my recent findings that shed light on the variation that fuels the adaptive evolution of Anolis lizards.

Nathalie is an evolutionary biologist with a strong interest in developmental biology. She obtained her PhD from the University of Konstanz (Germany) in 2013 and her aim was to uncover the natural history of the vertebrate genome. After that, she shifted her focus towards more organismal questions and launched her research on Anolis lizards. She moved to the Oxford University (UK) for a postdoctoral fellowship in 2013, before she moved to Lund University (Sweden) in 2015. Her research interests span from developmental plasticity and evolutionary theory to transposable elements, genome evolution and hybridization. Luckily, most research questions can be addressed using lizards as study system.


[Host: Antigoni Kaliontzopoulou, Phenotypic Evolution]

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