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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
March 6, 2015
Canadian Excellence



Biology Research Seminar

Mar 6/15

Date: Mar 6/15
Time: 15:30 - 16:30
Location: N1044
Cost: Free

Laurier Biology Seminar – March 6, 2015

Speaker:              Dr. Andrew McAdam
Title:                    Maternal Effect Evolution in Wild Rodents
Time:                   3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Location:             N1044 with a reception to follow in N1046

Mothers make many important contributions to their developing offspring.  These maternal effects are interesting from an evolutionary perspective because 1) maternal care experienced early in life can have long-lasting programming effects on offspring, 2) mothers have the potential to respond to environmental cues of upcoming natural selection and adaptively pre-program offspring for the environment that they will experience, and 3) if maternal effects are themselves heritable they can provide an additional source of genetic variation that can have important implications for a population’s adaptive potential.  I will present empirical research that my students and I have been doing with two different wild rodents (deer mice and red squirrels) to address the importance of maternal effects to evolution in the wild.

All are welcome to attend this free event.


Contact: Jennifer Baltzer
Phone: 519-884-0710 x4188

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