University of the Pacific

 

Event Title

The Evolution of Complexity in Communication

Location

Biology Building, Room 101

Start Date

22-10-2015 6:00 PM

End Date

22-10-2015 7:00 PM

Description

The origin of elaborate traits is a major question in evolutionary biology. Complex ornaments are frequently found in association with courtship and are used for communication with potential mates. The lecture will present the issue in its simplest form, in which animals that perform courtship using one sound start using a second one. By examining the forces that drive the evolution of the courtship call we will identify processes that lead to added complexity. We will then explore the applicability of such concepts to other organisms.

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Oct 22nd, 6:00 PM Oct 22nd, 7:00 PM

The Evolution of Complexity in Communication

Biology Building, Room 101

The origin of elaborate traits is a major question in evolutionary biology. Complex ornaments are frequently found in association with courtship and are used for communication with potential mates. The lecture will present the issue in its simplest form, in which animals that perform courtship using one sound start using a second one. By examining the forces that drive the evolution of the courtship call we will identify processes that lead to added complexity. We will then explore the applicability of such concepts to other organisms.