Journal Club

Summer Term 2007

The Journal Club takes place every Tuesday during term, from 11:15-12:00, in the seminar room of the Zoological Institute (Vesalgasse 1, first floor). For questions regarding this seminar please contact Lukas Schärer (lukas.scharer-at-unibas.ch or 061/ 267 03 66).

Date Paper to be read and discussed presented by
27.3. an initial meeting to explain the aims and to distribute the slots Lukas Schärer
3.4. Meyer & Kassen (2007). The effects of competition and predation on diversification in a model adaptive radiation. Nature 446: 432-436. Isabelle Colson
10.4. no Journal Club (Blockkurs)
17.4. Ross et al. (2007). Germ-line chimerism and paternal care in marmosets (Callithrix kuhlii). Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 104: 6278-6282. Adrian Baumeyer
24.4. no Journal Club (Elba and Obergurgl)
1.5. no lectures
8.5. Stehlik & Barret (2006). Pollination intensity influences sex ratios in dioecious Rumex nivalis, a wind-pollinated plant. Evolution 60: 1207-1214. Bea Krummen
15.5. Payne & Jaffe (2005). Self seeks like: many humans choose their dog pets following rules used for assortative mating. J. Ethol. 23: 15–18. Tim Janicke
22.5. Klug et al. (2006). Parents benefit from eating offspring: density-dependent egg survivorship compensates for filial cannibalism. Evolution 60: 2087-2095. Ralph Dobler
29.5. Bengtsson & Löfstedt (2007). Direct and indirect selection in moth pheromone evolution: population genetical simulations of asymmetric sexual interactions. Biol. J. Linn. Soc. 90: 117–123. Flore Mas
5.6. Shindo et al. (2006). Variation in the epigenetic silencing of FLC contributes to natural variation in Arabidopsis vernalization response. Genes & Development 20: 3079–3083. Daniela Brites
12.6. García-González & Simmons (2007). Shorter sperm confer higher competitive fertilization success. Evolution 61: 816-824. Peter Sandner
19.6. Ivy & Sakaluk (2005). Polyandry promotes enhanced offspring survival in decorated crickets. Evolution, 59: 152–15. Dita Vizoso
26.6. Chu et al. (2007). Too good to be ‘true’? The handicap of high socio-economic status in attractive males. Personality and Individual Differences 42: 1291–1300. Claudio Kugler

The Journal Club Seminar allows you to learn an important skill for a scientist, namely to critically evaluate publications in the primary scientific literature. Why is a study interesting? Is it experimetnally well performed and analysed correctly? Are the conclusions justified or do the authors over-interpreted their findings? Questions such as these are often not easy to answer for beginning scientists.

The participants of the Journal Club Seminar present papers they find particularly interesting (or questionable) and will get constructive feedback from the other participants.

In order to receive the 2 KPs for this course the participants need to present a paper during the Seminar and write an essay (in English, about 3 pages, with references), which briefly summarizes the presented paper and which outlines the main points we discussed.