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Demography and Infectious Disease

Jessica Metcalf, Princeton University
- | DRL 3C8 and via Zoom

Mathematical models, as Bob May wrote, "force[s] clarity and precision upon conjecture, thus enabling meaningful comparison between the consequences of basic assumptions and the empirical facts”.  Mathematical…



Leveraging Evolutionary Mismatches to Study Gene-by-Environment Interactions

Dr. Julien Ayroles, Princeton
- | Levin Building Auditorium (Tedori Family Auditorium)

Many of our most onerous health burdens today are driven by complex and poorly understood interactions between a person’s genetic makeup and their environment. In other words, genetic variation may predispose…



The evolution of sleep loss in Mexican cavefish

Dr. Alex Keene, Texas A&M University
- | Levin Building Auditorium (Tedori Family Auditorium)

AbstractSleep is nearly ubiquitous throughout the animal kingdom, yet its duration and timing varies dramatically between species. We have developed the Mexican tetra, Astyanax…