News & Events

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Darshak Bhatt attended the Dutch Tumor Immunology Meeting (DTIM 2022) and won the PhD Award for his talk Modelling the spatial dynamics of oncolytic virotherapy that reports on the recent model he developed together with Thijs Janzen and Franjo Weissing.
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On the 7th and 8th June the annual meeting of the Dutch Society for Theoretical Biology (NVTB) took place in Schoorl, NL. The meeting was co-organized by two members of the MARM group that are part of the NVTB board – Magdalena Kozielska and Timo van Eldijk.

Franjo Weissing gave one of the keynote lectures: Evolution of sex roles – Individual-based simulations versus analytical predictions and a number of MARMots presented their work:

Jana Riederer Capturing the facets of evolvability in a mechanistic framework

Jia Zheng: Effects of season length and uniparental care efficiency on the evolution of parental care

Inès Daras: Plasmid dynamics in the context of resource competition

Stefano Tiso: Finding a mutational switch – A simple model for the evolution of a bias towards adaptive mutations

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Jana Riederer attended the European Meeting for PhD Students in Evolutionary Biology (EMPSEB27, 22-27 May 2022, Espoo, Finland) and won the award for the Best Oral Presentation for her talk The role of sexual selection in shaping an adaptive radiation.
Thesis Long, May 2022
The first PhD thesis in the MARM project was succesfully defended by Xiaoyan Long on 17 May:

Long X (2022). The evolution of parental sex roles. University of Groningen, 196 p., doi: 10.33612/diss.217284138, download thesis, propositions

TREE, Feb 2022
The first paper of 2022 has been published online:

Riederer JM, Tiso S, van Eldijk TJB, Weissing FJ (2022). Capturing the facets of evolvability in a mechanistic framework. Trends Ecol Evol, doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2022.01.004, download pdf

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Several members of the MARM group presented their work during the Virtual Evolution 2021 conference (June 21-25, 2021):

Timo van Eldijk: Uniting community ecology and evolutionary rescue theory – Community-wide rescue leads to a rapid loss of rare species

Xiaoyan Long: Individual variation in parental care drives divergence of sex roles

Emiliano Méndez Salinas & Magdalena Kozielska: Modeling the evolution of associative learning

Stefany Moreno Gámez
We are happy to announce that former MARM and GELIFES PhD student Stefany Moreno Gámez will be awarded the John Maynard Smith Prize 2021 of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB) for her PhD thesis “On the origin and function of phenotypic variation in bacteria”. Stefany defended her thesis, supervised by professors G.S. van Doorn and F.J. Weissing, last December and was awarded the highest distinction, cum laude.

The Award Committee justifies the decision as follows:

The committee was particularly impressed by the breadth of your interests, combined with the thoroughness of the approaches you used to tackle diverse, yet always fascinating, issues. Also, the fact that you combine mathematical modelling to generate predictions with well thought-through and often methodologically-challenging experiments to test these predictions was highly appreciated.

The JMS Prize comes with an invitation to give the JMS Prize 2021 lecture at the next ESEB congress in August 2022 in Prague, Czech Republic. In addition, the JMS prize comes with a monetary prize of 2500 €, the possibility of a six-months Junior Fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Study in Berlin, and the invitation to write a review for the Journal of Evolutionary Biology.

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Recently Apu Ramesh presented her work (in collaboration with Jakob Gismann) “Movement tendencies in migrant and resident sticklebacks” during the ASAB Easter Meeting (14-16 April 2021).

Elephant movement map
We are happy to announce that in March 2021 Pratik Gupte won the competition for the best animal movement map in category ‘RMap’ (for maps produced entirely using R) organized by the Movement Ecology Group of the British Ecological Society.
The map presents the movement of 14 savanna elephants Loxodonta africana tagged in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Pratik’s story about the data and the map creation can be found here.
Code is available at Github: source code, figure source.

Jana Riederer
We are happy to announce that Jana Riederer – one of the former master students, and now a PhD student, in the MARM group was awarded the Enza Zaden Award for Biology by the the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (KHMMW) for her master thesis “Evolution of evolvability”. In the video she briefly explains her project.