Blaustein Institute for Desert Research

&

Albert Katz International School for Desert Studies

 

 

Mitrani Department of Desert Ecology

 

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Last updated March 26, 2005

 

 

Sede-Boker Campus, March 20-24, 2005

 

Organizer: Ariel Novoplansky

 

 

 

 

The workshop will feature two lecture series by Dr. Alexey Kondrashov, National Center for Biotechnology Information, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA on

 

Sympatric Speciation and Evolution of Sex

 

as well as presentations by other participants.

Language

The conference language will be English.

 

Preliminary outlines of lectures

 

Detailed syllabi and readings

 

Sympatric Speciation (10 hours)

 

Theory: Maynard Smith's model, modifiers of mate choice, linearization at

the last stage of the process, hypergeometric phenotypic models, isolation

by natural selection, possible role of sexual selection; Data: host races,

African cichlids, genetics of differences between compatible species,

speciation-relevant QTLs.

 

 

Evolution of Sex (10 hours)

 

Theory: immediate benefits, patchy environments, variable selection in

deterministic and stochastic models, Muller's ratchet, mutational

deterministic model; Data: measuring parameters of spontaneous mutation,

selection in nature, ancient asexuals.

 

 

Getting to Midreshet Ben-Gurion and the Albert Katz International School

 

 

Timetable

 

 

Sat, March 19

Sun, March 20

Mon, March 21

Tues, March 22

Wed, March 23

Thurs, March 24

08:00 08:20

 

 

 

 

Arrival and

check-in

Breakfast

Breakfast

Breakfast

Breakfast

08:30 10:15

Alex Kondrashov on Symp. Spec.

Alex Kondrashov on Symp. Spec.

Alex Kondrashov on Symp. Spec.

Alex Kondrashov on Symp. Spec.

10:15 10:45

The Sede-Boker ADLOYADA

(the famous Purim Carnival)

 

A local MUST orchestrated and executed by the students of the environmental high school

Coffee break

Coffee break

Coffee break

Coffee break

10:45 12:30

Alex Kondashov on Evol. of Sex

Alex Kondashov on Evol. of Sex

Alex Kondashov on Evol. of Sex

Alex Kondashov on Evol. of Sex

12:30 13:30

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

14:00 18:00

Alex Kondrashov on Symp. Spec.

Excursion:

Borot Lotz

Excursion: Yerucham Iris reserve

Excursion:

Mamshit Ruins

 

Checkout

Coffee break

Alex Kondashov on Evol. of Sex

19:00 20:00

Dinner

Dinner

Dinner

Dinner Party

20:30 21:30

Clive Lipchin,

 

"Evolution and human affairs"

Danny Cohen,

 

"The effect of parental control over offspring phenotypes"

 

Amit Huppert,

 

 

TBA

A. Novoplansky,

 

"Evolutionary implications of nose-picking and other strange memes"

21:30 - ??

Night excursion to NAHAL HAVARIM

and a social.

 

Social

 

Social

 

Social