Evolutionary Biology Online Journal Club

Reading for Tuesday, Oct 16

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Hey everyone!

First of all, Tom Hossie did a great job “facelifting” the blog. Thanks Tom! And if you have nice pictures of your study organism (or some cool graphs if your “study organism” is a computer model), send it our way so we can use it to decorate the blog!

Karner Blue Butterfly (Lycaeides melissa samuelis). Photo: Hollingsworth, J & K (CC BY-SA)

The paper chosen for this week was the paper by Forister and collaborators on how “Ant association facilitates the evolution of diet breadth in a lycaenid butterfly. The paper should be freely available for download following the link.

As usual, our meeting time is Tuesday 5PM EDT, and we will meet both using Google+ Hangouts and the text chat room. Just follow the links if you have any questions.

As to the possibility of adding a second meeting time in alternating weeks, there doesn’t seem to be too much interest in doing so, so we’ll leave this idea on the back burner for now. Our hangouts don’t seem to be terribly full or busy in any case so it seems like we’re doing a good job at giving the opportunity for everyone that wants to be involved.

Finally, over the week I have been thinking in ways to improve the “content value” of the blog, and actually add some posts that don’t directly relate to our meetings but to the general concept of a journal club. I have some ideas I’ll bring up during our meetings, but if you have any ideas about what you’d like to see in a blog like this, or better yet, if you’d want to write a piece for it, let me know (either in the comments or during the Tuesday meeting).

Save the date – Tuesday, Oct 16, 5PM EDT. see you all there!

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Author: Rafael Maia

Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Idaho, studying the development and evolution of iridescent colors in birds.

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