Munich Neuroscience Calendar


23.07.2024, 11:00 Max-Planck-Institut for Biological Intelligence Campus Seewiesen
until 12:00
Event Type: Talk
Speaker: Hanna Kokko
Institute: Institute of Organismal and Molecular Evolution, University of Mainz, Germany

Title: Why adaptation can depress population fitness, and why thinking about it can be enlightening

MPI BI Seewiesen, Haus 4
82319 Seewiesen

Host: Bart Kempenaers

Natural selection improves population fitness. Right? Well, actually, it is complicated. If individuals can gain an fitness advantage over conspecifics, traits can evolve despite making population performance poorer. I will discuss this with examples involving territorial competition as well as competition for matings, and then ask the audience to step ourside their comfort zone – in case the comfort zone contains the assumption that every organism has a mother and a father. Sexual conflict works quite differently if these assumptions are broken, and the journey to understand why this is the case is quite though-provoking.

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