Dr. Maurine Neiman, University of Iowa – 8 June 2021

Sex in the Wild (and Especially in New Zealand)

ABSTRACT

Why most eukaryotes reproduce sexually even though asexual reproduction is much simpler and less costly remains unclear. My main research focus is on the evolutionary maintenance of sex in natural populations. I will start with how and why we are using the New Zealand freshwater snail Potamopyrgus antipodarum to tackle the sex question. I will then summarize our effort to produce the first-ever genome assembly for these snails and how we are using these new genomic data to perform powerful tests of hypotheses for sex. I will also present new evidence for degradation of sex-specific phenotypes in asexual lineages.

Nature of Life seminars

Date       :   8 June 2021

Time       :   15.45 hours

Location :  Online