EED Reading Group

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This reading group is an open community of scholars at the University of Dayton with a shared interest in biological research that addresses ecological, evolutionary, and developmental biology questions. Reading topics are sought for discussion that is considered to be multidisciplinary.

Meeting time is at 10AM – noon on Tuesdays.


Date           Reading (Year, Publisher, Lead discussant)

Spring 2022: The reading group will cover the 1st half of the book “On The Origin of Species” by Charles Darwin. ISBN-13. 978-1619491304. We will cover primary literature for two evo-devo traits.

Fall 2021: The reading group covered the book “Some Assembly Required: Decoding Four Billion Years of Life, from Ancient Fossils to DNA“, by Neil Shubin. ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1101871331. This group also surveyed the primary literature for the evo-devo of stickleback and fruit fly morphological traits.

Spring 2021: The reading group covered the book “Great Adaptations: Star-Nosed Moles, Electric Eels, and Other Tales of Evolution’s Mysteries Solved” by Kenneth Catania. ISBN-10 : 0691195250 and ISBN-13 : 978-0691195254. This group also surveyed the primary literature for evolutionary developmental biology.

Fall 2020: The reading group spent the semester going through recent publications in the field of evolutionary biology.

Spring 2020: The reading group covered the book “She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity“, by Carl Zimmer. ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1101984598. This reading group got cut off in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fall 2019: Reading group will cover the 2nd half of the book “Genomic Control Process: Development and Evolution“. 1st Edition by Isabelle S. Peters and Eric H. Davidson ISBN-13: 978-0124047297, ISBN-10: 0124047297

Spring 2019: Reading group will cover the 1st half of the book “Genomic Control Process: Development and Evolution“. 1st Edition by Isabelle S. Peters and Eric H. Davidson ISBN-13: 978-0124047297, ISBN-10: 0124047297

Fall 2018: Reading group will cover the book “Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution 1st Edition by Jonathan B. Losos. ISBN-13: 978-0399184925, ISBN-10: 0399184929

Spring 2018: Reading group took on the book “Evolution, Development, and the Predictable Genome 1st Edition by David Stern. ISBN-13: 978-1936221011, ISBN-10: 1936221012

Fall 2017: Reading group took on the book “The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins.

8/30/16 Aspiras et al., “Melanocortin 4 receptor mutations contribute to the adaptation of cavefish to nutirent-poor conditions.” (2015, PNAS, Grover)

8/23/16  Signor et al., “Genetic Convergence in the Evolution of Male-Specific Color Patterns in Drosophila.” (2016, Current Biology, Williams)

8/16/16  Gibert et al., “Phenotypic Plasticity through Transcriptional Regulation of the Evolutionary Hotspot Gene tan in Drosophila melanogaster.” (2016, PLoS Genetics, Williams)

7/27/16  Glassford et al., “Co-option of an Ancestral Hox-Regulated Network Underlies a Recently Evolved Morphological Novelty.” (2015, Developmental Cell, Williams)

7/20/16  Camino et al., “The Evolutionary Origination and Diversification of a Dimorphic Gene Regulatory Network through Parallel Innovations in cis and trans” (2015, PLoS Genetics, Williams)

7/13/16  Rogers et al., “A survey of the trans-regulatory landscape for Drosophila melanogaster abdominal pigmentation” (2014, Developmental Biology, Grover)

6/22/15  Mace et al., “An Epidermal Barrier Wound Repair Pathway in Drosophila Is Mediated by grainy head.” (2005, Science, Grover)

6/15/16  Salomone et al., “The evolution of Bab paralog expression and abdominal pigmentationamong Sophophora fruit fly species.” (2013, Evolution & Development, Williams)

6/8/16  Rogers et al., “Recurrent Modification of a Conserved Cis-Regulatory Element Underlies Fruit Fly Pigmentation Diversity.” (2013, PLoS Genetics, Williams)

6/1/16  Williams et al., “The Regulation and Evolution of a Genetic Switch Controlling Sexually Dimorphic Traits in Drosophila.” (2008, Cell, Williams)

11/24/15  Jolma et al., “DNA-dependent formation of transcription factor pairs alters their binding specificity.” (Camino, Nature, 2015)

11/17/15  Weissgerber et al., “Beyond Bar and Line Graphs: Time for a New Data Presentation Paradigm.” (Williams, PLOS Biology, 2015)

11/17/15  Pauls et al., “Evolution of lineage-specific functions in ancient cis-regulatory modules.” (Grover, Open Biology, 2015)

11/10/15  Orgogozo “Replaying the tape of life in the twenty-first century” (Williams, Royal Society, 2015)

11/3/15  Conway Morris “Hunting Darwin’s Snark: which maps shall we use?” (Grover, Royal Society, 2015)

Abbasi, “Diversification of four human HOX gene clusters by step-wise evolution rather than ancient whole-genome duplications” (Grover, Dev. Genes Evol., 2015)

10/27/15  Prescott et al., “Enhancer Divergence and cis-Regulatory Evolution in the Human and Chimp Neural Crest.” (2015, Cell, Camino)

10/20/15  Canver et al., “BCL11A enhancer dissection by Cas9-mediated in situ saturating mutagenesis.” (2015, Nature, Grover)

10/13/15 Chahda et al., “Variation in the Dorsal Gradient Distribution Is a Source for Modified Scaling of Germ Layers in Drosophila.” (2013, Current Biology, Grover)

10/06/15 Belu and Mizutani, “Variation in Mesoderm Specification across Drosophilids Is Compensated by Different Rates of Myoblast Fusion during Body Wall Musculature Development.” (2011, PLoS One, Camino)

09/29/15  Mizutani and Bier, “EvoD/Vo: The origins of BMP signaling in the neuroectoderm.” (2008, Nature Reviews Genetics, Williams)

09/22/15 Glassford et al., “Co-option of an Ancestral Hox-Regulated Network Underlies a Recently Evolved Morphological Novelty.” (2015, Developmental Cell, Eric Camino)

09/15/15  Bothma et al., “Enhancer additivity and non-additivity are determined by enhancer strength in the Drosophila embryo.” (2015, eLife, Eric Camino)

09/01/15  Claussnitzer et al., “FTO Obesity Variant Circuitry and Adipocyte Browning in Humans.” (2015, New England Journal of Medicine, Sumant Grover)

07/27/15  Johnson et al., “Genetic Changes to a Transcriptional Silencer Element Confers Phenotypic Diversity within and between Drosophila Species.” (2015, PLoS Genetics, Sumant Grover)

07/20/15  Simon et al., “Evolution of CONSTANS Regulation and Function after Gene Duplication Produced a Photoperiodic Flowering Switch in the Brassicaceae.” (2015, MBE, Maxwell Roeske)

07/13/15  Moczek et al., “The significance and scope of evolutionary developmental biology: a vision for the 21st century.” (2015, Evolution and Development, Tom Williams)

07/06/15  Bono et al., “Connecting genotypes, phenotypes and fitness: harnessing the power of CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing.” (2015, Molecular Ecology, Tom Williams)

06/29/15 Villar et al., “Enhancer Evolution across 20 Mammalian Species.” (2015, Cell, Eric Camino)

06/22/15 Koshikawa et al., “Gain of cis-regulatory activities underlies novel domains of wingless gene expression in Drosophila.” (2015, PNAS, Sumant Grover)

06/15/15 Gould and Lewontin, “The spandrels of San Marco and the Panglossian paradigm: a critique of the adaptationist programme.” (1979, Proc R Soc Lond B Biol Sci., Mark Nielsen)

06/08/15  Koster et al., “Genesis of Chromatin and Transcription Dynamics in the Origin of Species.” (2015, Cell, Tom Williams)

06/01/15  Nitta et al., “Conservation of transcription factor binding specificities across 600 million years of bilateria evolution.” (2015, eLIFE, Eric Camino)

05/18/15  Dembeck et al., “Genetic Architecture of Abdominal Pigmentation in Drosophila melanogaster.” (2015, PLoS Genetics, Tom Williams)

05/07/15  Tschopp et al., “A relative shift in cloacal location repositions external genitalia in amniote evolution.” (2014, Nature, Sumant Grover)

04/30/15  Dheilly et al., “Who is the puppet master? Replication of a parasitic wasp-associated virus correlates with host behaviour manipulation.” (2015, Proc. of the Royal Society B, Kyle McGrail)

04/24/15   Mallet, “New genomes clarify mimicry evolution” (2015, Nature Genetics, Mary List)

Nishikawa et al., “A genetic mechanism for female-limited Batesian mimicry in Papilio butterfly.” (2015, Nature Genetics, Mary List)

04/09/15   Kang et al., “Transcriptomics of two evolutionary novelties: how to make a sperm-transfer organ out of an anal fin and a sexually selected “sword” out of a caudal fin” (2015, Ecology and Evolution, Sumant Grover)

03/26/15    Kijimoto et al., “The nutritionally responsive transcriptome of the polyphenic beetle Onthophagus taurus and the importance of sexual dimorphism and body region” (2014, Proc. of the Royal Society B, Kyle McGrail)

03/19/15    True and Carroll, “Gene Co-Option in Physiological and Morphological Evolution.” (2002, Ann. Rev. Cell Dev. Bio., Mary List)

03/12/15     O’Brown et al., “A recurrent regulatory change underlying altered expression and Wnt response of the stickleback armor plates gene EDA.” (2015, eLIFE, Eric Camino)

02/19/15     Crocker et al., “Low affinity binding site clusters confer hox specificity and regulatory robustness.” (2014, Cell, Eric Camino)

02/12/15     Laland et al., “Does evolutionary theory need a rethink?” (2014, Nature, Mary List)

02/05/15    Fitzpatrick et al., “Locally adapted traits maintained in the face of high gene flow” (2015, Ecology Letters, Kyle McGrail)

01/29/15     Clark-Hachtel et al., “Insight into insect wing origin provided by functional analysis of vestigial in the red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum” (2013, PNAS, group)

01/22/15     J.R. Gallant et al., “Genomic basis for the convergent evolution of electric organs” (2014, Science, Sumant Grover)

01/15/15     A.R. Gehrke et al., “Deep conservation of wrist and digit enhancers in fish” (2015, PNAS, Eric Camino)

10/02/14     R.E. Ley et al., “Worlds within worlds: evolution of the vertebrate gut microbiota” (2008, Nature Reviews Microbiology, Jen Lang)

09/25/14     C.R. Linnen et al., “Adaptive Evolution of Multiple Traits Through Multiple Mutations at a Single Gene” (2013, Science, Eric Camino)

09/18/14     H.A. Orr, “THE GENETIC THEORY OF ADAPTATION: A BRIEF HISTORY” (2005, Nature Reviews Genetics, group effort)

09/04/14     R. Rajakumar et al., “Ancestral Developmental Potential Facilitates Parallel Evolution in Ants” (2012, Science, S. Grover)

08/28/14     E. Abouheif et al., “Eco-Evo-Devo: The Time Has Come” (2014, Ecological Genomics, T. Williams)

08/20/14     K. Copper et al., “Patterning and post-patterning modes of evolutionary digit loss in mammals” (2014, Nature, W. Rogers)

08/14/14     J. Cande et al., “Looking Under the Lamp Post: Neither fruitless nor doublesex Has Evolved to Generate Divergent Male Courtship in Drosophila” (2014, Cell Reports, T. Williams)

08/06/14      Y. Ghavi-Helm et al., “Enhancer loops appear stable during development and are associated with paused polymerase” (2014, Nature, E. Camino)

07/16/14      A. Ordway et al., “The expansion of body coloration involves coordinated evolution in cis and trans within the pigmentation regulatory network of Drosophila prostipennis” (2014, Developmental Biology, S. Grover)

07/09/14      M Harms and J. Thornton, “Historical contingency and its biophysical basis in glucocorticoid receptor evolution” (2014, Nature, M. Nielsen & T. Williams)

07/02/14      J. Bothma et al., “Dynamic Regulation of Eve Stripe 2 Expression Reveals Transcriptional Bursts in Living Drosophila Embryos” (2014, PNAS, W. Rogers)

06/25/14      E. Kvon et al., “Genome-scale functional characterization of Drosophila developmental enhancers in vivo” (2014, Nature, E. Camino)


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