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Event Two seminars on Biodiversity, Ecology & Evolution

Two exceptional seminars will be held at UCL at the Biodiversity research centre this Thursday February 23rd from 13.00 to 15.00. Although both speakers will make use of butterflies as model systems, their conceptual work is by no means limited to this group of organisms. The seminars will cover in particular phenotypic plasticity in an eco‐evolutionary framework.

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Period 23/02/2012
Event location Université catholique de Louvain Lecture room/Salle de conference Jean‐Baptise Carnoy (B059), Batiment Carnoy, Croix du Sud 4‐5, Campus Louvain‐la‐Neuve
Host Université catholique de Louvain
Contact person Brigitte FERAUGE
Geographical coverage Belgium,
Keywords biodiversity,butterfly,


13h‐14h Karl Gotthard (Stockholm University): “Diapause and developmental plasticity in temperate butterflies”
14h‐15h Patricia Beldade (Instituo Gulbenkian de Ciência, Lisboa/Leiden University): “On the genetic and environmental basis of variation: eco‐evo‐devo of butterfly wing patterns”

Dr. Karl Gotthard is associate professor at the Department of Zoology, Stockholm University. His research is mainly concerned with life history evolution and adaptive plasticity (e.g. the evolution of body size and developmental plasticity).
He particularly makes use of butterflies and beetles as model systems.

Some recent papers:
Berger D., Friberg M. & Gotthard K 2011. Divergence and ontogenetic coupling of larval behaviour and thermal reaction norms in three closely related butterflies. Proc. R. Soc. (B) 278: 313‐320
Gotthard K. & Berger D. (2010) The diapause decision as a cascade switch for adaptive developmental plasticity in body mass in a butterfly. J. Evol. Biol. 23: 1129‐1137.
Gotthard K., et al. (2007) What keeps insects small? Time limitation during oviposition diminishes the fecundity benefit of female size in a butterfly. Am. Nat. 169: 768‐779.

Dr. Patricia Beldade is assistant professor at the Ecolutionary Biology Group at the University of Leiden and also group leader at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência in Oeiras (Portugal). She is mainly interested in the field of Evolutionary developmental biology, including issues like the genetic basis of morphological variation, the origin of evolutionary novelties and adaptive developmental plasticity. Butterfly wing colour patterns serve as her main evo‐devo study model.

Some recent papers:
Beldade P., et al. 2011. Evolution and molecular mechanisms of adaptive developmental plasticity. Molec. Ecol. 20: 1347‐1363.
Saenko S.V., Brakefield P.M. & Beldade P. 2010. Single locus affects embryonic segment polarity and multiple aspects of an adult evolutionary novelty. BMC Biology 8, 111.
Beldade P., et al. 2009. A gene‐based linkage map for Bicyclus anynana butterflies allows for a comprehensive analysis of synteny with the lepidopteran reference genome. PLoS Genetics 5, e1000366.

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