The London Evolutionary Research Network is delighted to announce the next event in our evolution seminar series, to be held on the 3rd of April at 5pm in the Roberts Building (Room 309) at UCL.

Dr Mark Sutton of Imperial College London will be presenting a talk entitled “Digital Organisms: Simulating macroevolution in silico from first principles.” See below for the talk abstract.

It is free to attend and there will be a chance to chat with the speaker afterwards as we retire to a nearby pub.

Please do circulate this to anyone that might be interested!

Digital Organisms: Simulating macroevolution in silico from first principles

Evolution is an algorithmic process, and is hence amenable to computer simulation, providing a powerful means of evaluating the validity and theoretical underpinning of emergent evolutionary phenomena observed in nature. Simulations of microevolution are nothing new, but macroevolutionary processes and patterns (occurring over palaeontological timescales and ideally taking into account geography and complex environmental fluctuations) have not as yet been fully explored with this approach. EVOSIM is a new software package optimised for high-speed evolutionary simulation of sexually reproducing organisms over million-year timescales and fluctuating geographically constrained environments. Speciation emerges from first principles, and species origination, geographical range, and phylogeny can be tracked automatically. Environments can be modified over time, enabling events such as mass extinctions to be simulated and studied under controlled conditions. EVOSIM is still in late-stage development, but preliminary test-studies appear to demonstrate a ‘punctuated equilibrium’ pattern as an emergent phenomenon.

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The first talk this season will be on the 3rd of April at 5pm in the Roberts Building (Room 309) at UCL!

It is free to attend and there will be a chance to chat with the speaker afterwards at a nearby pub.

More information coming soon, so watch this space!

ESRC funded PhD positions at The University of Exeter

Shakti Lamba and Tom Currie are currently advertising two projects for
ESRC-funded PhD studentships at the University of Exeter, Cornwall
Campus to study the effects of demography and migration on cooperation,
and the cultural evolution of economic growth and political stability
respectively.

More information about these projects can be found through these links:

Effects of demography and migration on cooperation:

http://www.exeter.ac.uk/studying/funding/award/?id=1436

Economic Growth & Political Stability:

http://www.exeter.ac.uk/studying/funding/award/?id=1424

Those interested can email us at S.Lamba@exeter.ac.uk or
T.Currie@exeter.ac.uk to discuss these opportunities further.

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