Special Biology Seminar: Herbivorous Insects: Specialization, Speciation, Diversity

Fri. Mar. 31 12:30 PM - Fri. Jan. 22 01:30 PM
Location: 1RC014

The Department of Biology hosts a special seminar to highlight the unifying theme of biology by inviting an accomplished evolutionary biologist. This year, the eminent evolutionary biologist, Douglas J. Futuyma (Stony Brook University, New York) kindly accepted our invitation. Futuyma's name should be familiar to most biologists because at some point they studied or prepared lectures from his acclaimed textbook on evolution. 
Futuyma's research interests in evolution focus primarily on speciation and the evolution of ecological interactions among species. Most of his work has centred on the population biology of herbivorous insects and the evolution of their affiliation with host plants. Research on several species centred on genetic differences conferring adaptation to different host plants, and cast light on the evolution of host specificity. Recent work has focussed on whether or not constraints on genetic variation are likely to have influenced the phylogenetic history of host associations in a group of leaf beetles, and on the pattern of speciation in this group. Futuyma's students have worked on diverse evolutionary and ecological studies of insect-plant interactions and of speciation in insects.