News & Events

Here you can find some recent news and events, as well as a selection of recent papers and any new members that have joined the EGI.

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Bird Ringing Demonstration at Farmoor Res Oxon, 25th February 2012

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» Early-Life Stress Triggers Juvenile Zebra Finches to Switch Social Learning StrategiesJuly 24, 2015

zebra finches on novel foraging taskA new paper published in Current Biology by Damien Farine and colleagues shows that exposure to stress in early life led juvenile zebra finches to switch social learning strategies. Zebra finches acquire new foraging behaviours by observing conspecifics, but this information does not spread randomly through the social network. Using a novel statistical model revealed that finches only learn new tasks from knowledgeable adults and ignore juvenile demonstrators. Juveniles prioritise learning from their parents, but juveniles that experience stress during early development completely avoid learning from parents and instead learn exclusively from unrelated parents. This suggests that social learning strategies are plastic, and that early-life conditions provide cues that can shape developmental trajectories. Link to paper here. Media link to IFLScience here.

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» R A Fisher Prize of the Society for the Study of EvolutionJuly 1, 2015

Congratulations to Alison Wright (a former DPhil student in the EGI) who was awarded the R A Fisher Prize of the Society for the Study of Evolution at its annual meeting in Brazil this week. The R A Fisher Prize is awarded annually to the most outstanding PhD thesis paper published in the journal Evolution. Alison was awarded the prize for her paper:  Independent stratum formation on the avian sex chromosomes reveals inter-chromosomal gene conversion and predominance of purifying selection on the W chromosome. Evolution 68, 3281-3295. Link to paper here.