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Last updated  Jan 16, 2020

 

 

Camp Evolution VII

Sede-Boqer Campus, March 1 – 5, 2020

Featuring

Alexander V. Badyaev

Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

University of Arizona, Tucson  

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Control theory in evolution and development

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

              

 

                          

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Organizer: Ariel Novoplansky

 

 

 

 

Timetable

Alex Badyaev

First day

Previous workshops:

Camp Evolution  I:   Sympatric Speciation and Evolution of Sex

Camp Evolution II:  Evolutionary and Ecological Genomics

Camp Evolution III: Human Evolutionary Genetics

Camp Evolution IV: Unresolved Problems in Evolutionary Biology

Camp Evolution  V: Plant Evolutionary Biology after Darwin

Camp Evolution VI: Evolution on Fitness Landscapes

 

Registration

 

 

 

Getting there

 

Enquires

 

  Academic credit

 

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The workshop is meant for scholars and graduate students interested in anything evolutionary…

Students can earn 2 academic credits (BGU course # 001-2-3335) pending the submission of a written assignment.

 

Workshop description

The framers of modern evolutionary theory saw evolution in explicitly ecological terms – as a product of changes in species interactions. They noted that evolution always occurs in a context of an ever changing community and there is something about this context that transforms static adaptive solutions into a dynamic and continuous evolutionary process. A good candidate for the force behind these evolutionary transitions were thought to be gains and losses of external dependencies – inputs that are essential for species’ functioning that nevertheless exist outside of species’ transient boundaries. The intuitive appeal of this idea was that it helped us understand why evolution traverses uninterrupted sequences of adaptive solutions and how it links them. It also shaped research on the features of multilayered organismal architecture that enables these evolutionary transitions between static adaptive states. The problem, however, is that we don’t really know how this process works empirically.

      The rationale of the workshop hinges on the realization that control theory of dynamic systems – a field that is concerned with the ways complex systems move from one state to another without losing their functionality – have been investigating these mechanisms for about as long as evolutionary theory has recognized their centrality for biological processes. As a result, we now have a set of parallel solutions to essentially the same problems but from distinct starting points, backgrounds, and motivations. The lectures will review and test these solutions and synthesize their advantages and conceptual implications for key principles in ecology and evolutionary theory

 

Getting there, local amenities etc.

 

·         Reaching Beer-Sheva from Tel-Aviv is best done by train

·         From Jerusalem you should better take an Egged bus

·         To Midreshet Ben-Gurion (mind you- not Kibbutz Sede-Boker), take Metropolin buses 60 or 64 from Beer-Sheva's Central bus station.

·         All activities will take place at the Albert Katz School (AKIS), class #1, Bldg 47, Sede-Boqer Campus.

·         Proper meals can be ordered at the Sede Boqer field school but there are a few local eateries, a grocery store and a pub.

·         All participants are welcome to join a dinner party on March 4, 2020.

·         Please bring with you layered clothing (days can be nice and cozy but nights can be chilly), hiking shoes and a swimsuit (no promises but it might become useful in our hikes).

 

First day (Mar 1, 2020):

·         Participants staying at the local hostel/guesthouse are kindly requested to check in at the Sede-Boqer Field School Office (#13 on map) 

·         Get together: 13:00

·         Orientation: 13:30

·         First lecture: 14:00

@ Albert Katz International School for Desert Studies, Bldg 47, class 1, Sede-Boqer Campus

 

 

Timetable

 

 

Sun, Mar 1

Mon, Mar 2

Tue, Mar 3

Wed, Mar 4

Thu, Mar 5

 

08:30 – 10:15

 

Arrival and

check-in

 

Key concepts and insights for evolution and development

 

 

Reconciling stability and change

 

Copying, activating and recycling controls

 

Synthesis I. Implications for ecology and evolution

 

10:15 – 10:45

 

Coffee break

 

Coffee break

 

Coffee break

 

Coffee break

 

10:45 – 12:30

Get together: 13:00

 

 

Orientation: 13:30

 

Evolutionary transitions in controls

 

Elements of control

 

The ‘niche’ enigma

 

Synthesis II. Implications for ecology and evolution

 

12:30 – 13:30

 

Lunch break

 

Lunch break

 

Lunch break

 

Lunch break

 

14:00 – 18:00

 

Unresolved issues in evolutionary theory 

 

 

*Sunset over the Zin

 

Excursion:

 

 

 

*Hike: secrets of the Zin

 

Excursion:

 

 

 

*Hike: Parsat Nekarot

Ramon Crater

 

Excursion:

 

 

 

*Hike: Nachal Yamin

 

Goodbyes

 

 

19:00 – 20:00

 

Supper break

 

Supper break

 

Supper break

 

Dinner party

 

 

20:30 – 21:30

Uri Roll

Incorporating phylogenies to improve conservation priorities

Pedro Aphalo

The evolutionary ecology of information acquisition in plants

Merav Seifan

A rose is a rose? variations in the responses the True Rose of Jericho to neighbors and habitat conditions

Lilach Hadany

The microbiome and evolutionary theory: the open questions of cooperation and sex

 

21:30 - ?

 

Social

 

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*Excursion destinations may change according to weather conditions and bloom phase