Biology Colloquium - Dr. N. Ivalú Cacho-Gonzalez

Biology Colloquium - Dr. N. Ivalú Cacho-Gonzalez

Postby cdouglas » Wed Mar 05, 2014 5:33 pm

BIOLOGY COLLOQUIUM
A SEMINAR BY THE PLANT BIOLOGIST
FACULTY CANDIDATE
“Using Phylogeny and Ecology to Understand Drivers of Plant Diversity”

Dr. N. Ivalú Cacho-Gonzalez
Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Evolution and Ecology
University of California, Davis


Monday, March 10, 2014
3:00 – 4:00 PM
Science 2, room 109

Understanding the processes that drive biological diversity is central to evolution and ecology. In my talk, I will address two of the main processes that promote the generation of diversity: lineage divergence (i.e., speciation) and ecological specialization. In the first part, I will present a case of incipient speciation in the plant Euphorbia tithymaloides, which has populations occurring around the Caribbean and constitutes the first example of ring-species in plants. In the second part of my talk, I will explore ways in which phylogeny informs what we know about pathways leading to soil specialization in plants, specifically the origins and evolution of tolerance to serpentine soils, using the California jewelflowers (Streptanthus and allies) as a model.

For further information: http://www.fresnostate.edu/biology

If you need a disability-related accommodation or wheelchair access, please contact Katie Williams at the Department of Biology at 278.2001 or e-mail katiew@csufresno.edu (at least one week prior to event).
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