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Presented By: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

EEB Thursday Seminar - Hybrid: All-female salamanders: the genomic, evolutionary, and ecological consequences of strange vertebrate reproduction

Rob Denton, Assistant Professor of Biology, Marian University

Ambystoma salamander. Photo Credit: Zac Herr (ZTH Photography) Ambystoma salamander. Photo Credit: Zac Herr (ZTH Photography)
Ambystoma salamander. Photo Credit: Zac Herr (ZTH Photography)
Our weekly seminar series featuring internal and external speakers in the field of ecology and evolutionary biology. This seminar will be in-person and livestreaming on Zoom (link this page).

Abstract:
All-female salamanders in the genus Ambystoma are the oldest unisexual vertebrates, composed of a single mitochondrial lineage and multiple nuclear genomes introgressed from other salamander species. The unique characteristics of this system provide interesting perspectives on the maintenance of sex and polyploidy. Our work combines genomics, physiological, and ecological approaches to understand how all-female salamanders have co-existed with related sexual species, how their numerous nuclear genomes have moved between lineages, and how the interactions between their mitochondrial and nuclear genomes influence their basic physiology.

Contact eebsemaccess@umich.edu for Zoom password at least 2 hours prior to event.
Ambystoma salamander. Photo Credit: Zac Herr (ZTH Photography) Ambystoma salamander. Photo Credit: Zac Herr (ZTH Photography)
Ambystoma salamander. Photo Credit: Zac Herr (ZTH Photography)

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