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Maternal effects in Speckled Wood butterflies: an eco-evo-devo approach

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Speckled Wood butterflies (Pararge aegeria) have a vast geographical distribution, experiencing a variety of different climates and in general habitats, and as such it is a great model system to study life-history evolution. The trait that is very much the focus of much of our work is female reproductive output and its trade-offs with other (life-history) traits. Not only do we study this at the evolutionary ecological level, but also at the underlying developmental level and aim to characterise the molecular underpinnings of the life-history variation we observe. Furthermore, we are very interested in transgenerational effects – i.e. maternal regulation of offspring development. I will discuss our latest findings, including the progress we have made in gene editing in this species (i.e. CRISPR /Cas9).

This talk is part of the Evolution and Development Seminar Series series.

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