On 6 April, Ted Morrow will give a talk entitled “Sexually antagonistic genes in flies and humans”. Sexually antagonistic selection occurs when natural selection on traits shared by males and females operates opposite directions in the two sexes. Sexually antagonistic genetic variation is apparently common and taxonomically widespread and yet very few specific genetic loci have been identified. The talk will give an overview of experimental work that has been carried out in the Morrow lab to find these genes in the fruit fly model as well as ask why no sexually antagonistic genes have been reported from humans.

The seminar starts at 13.15 and will be streamed live over Zoom. Contact Olle Calles (olle.calles@kau.se) to receive the zoom link to this seminar.

On March 30th Jeff Marker, PhD student in our group, will be giving a talk on his work involving stable isotopes in spiders. He investigated the feasibility of using non-lethal samples in laboratory and field-collected spiders finding, in general, spider legs are reliable proxies for stable isotope values in whole bodies. Jeff will discuss some of the implications including more robust conservation efforts and the possibility of endangered species sampling.

The seminar starts at 13.15 and will be streamed live over Zoom. Contact Olle Calles (olle.calles@kau.se) to receive the zoom link to this seminar.

On Tuesday 9 March, Einar Kärgenberg, a senior researcher in Wildlife Estonia, will give an overview of their recently published studies. These describe the movement patterns of lithophilous migratory fish in Estonian free-flowing and fragmented rivers using acoustic telemetry. Behavioural patterns of little-studied cyprinids (asp (Leuciscus aspius) and vimba bream (Vimba vimba)) were identified. In addition, the effectiveness of potential and implemented mitigation measures (removal of dams, building fishways, the effectiveness of bar-racks) was assessed. Additional methods (incl. fyke-nets, diving) were used to directly estimate the mortality of Atlantic salmon smolts (Salmo salar) caused by Kaplan-type turbines.

The seminar starts at 13.15 and will be streamed live over Zoom. Contact Olle Calles (olle.calles@kau.se) to receive the zoom link to this seminar.

Photo: Aron Hejdström

On Tuesday 16 February Kaj Hulthén will give the seminar “Causes and consequences of partial migration in a freshwater fish”. Kaj works as a researcher in the research group Aquatic Ecology at Lund University. Kaj is particularly interested in intraspecific variation in migratory behaviour and works primarily with partially migratory fish populations in the lakes of southern Sweden. During the seminar Kaj will mainly talk about why certain individuals make the decision to migrate whereas others choose to stay as year-round residents.

The seminar starts at 13.15 and will be streamed live over Zoom. Contact Olle Calles (olle.calles@kau.se) to receive the zoom link to this seminar.

Brown trout (Salmo trutta) eggs with eyed embryos

On Tuesday 8 December Kalle Filipsson, RivEM PhD student, will present his work on how elevated temperatures and predator presence during egg incubation affect development and behaviour of brown trout. The seminar starts at 13:15 and will be streamed live on Zoom. Contact Kalle (karl.filipsson@kau.se) if you are interested in attending the seminar, and he will send you a link.

Jeff Marker and Jeanette Karlsson (research assistant) electrofishing in a small stream.

On Tuesday 1 December Jeffery Marker, RivEM PhD student, will be giving a talk where he presents the plans for his PhD project.

The seminar is held on Zoom and starts at 13:15. Everyone is welcome to attend the seminar. Contact Jeff (jeffery.marker@kau.se) or Olle Calles (olle.calles@kau.se) if you want to attend, and they will send you a link.

On tuesday 27 October (tomorrow) Patrik Andreasson (Adjunct Professor, Luleå University of Technology; Specialist, Vattenfall AB) will give a seminar titled “Fish diagnostics by image recognition using machine learning (AI)”.

The seminar starts at 13:15 and will be held via zoom. Everyone who wants to are welcome to attend the seminar. Contact Olle Calles (olle.calles@kau.se) to receive a zoom link to the seminar.

Image recognition using AI, as a tool for fish identification, was mentioned on the Swedish news earlier this year. Follow this link to svt.se to watch a short video and to read more about the project (in Swedish).

Florian Stein, Director of Scientific Operations for the Sustainable Eel Group

On Tuesday 13 October (tomorrow), Florian Stein will give the seminar “The illegal trade in European eels from Europe to Asia”. Florian works as Director of Scientific Operations for the European organization Sustainable Eel Group (SEG). His main focus is on the illegal trade in European eels from Europe to Asia. During his seminar, Florian will talk about the global trade with European eel and law enforcement in relation to this trade.

The seminar starts at 13.15 and will be streamed live over Zoom. Contact Olle Calles (olle.calles@kau.se) to receive the zoom link to this seminar.

Read more about the Sustainable eel group here:

European eels, Anguilla anguilla

Next week on Tuesday 29 September kl. 13.15 RivEM professor John Piccolo will hold a seminar entitled “Nature’s contribution to people and peoples’ moral obligations to nature”. He says: “In the seminar, I will discuss the concept of “ecocentrism”, the worldview that attributes “inherent” or “intrinsic” value to nonhuman (as well as human) life. The seminar is part of a project I have been working on for some time, with colleagues from several countries, to highlight the importance of ecocentrism for biodiversity conservation and sustainability, as in this recent article in the leading biodiversity journal Conservation Biology.” You’re very welcome to join John’s Zoom room (https://kau-se.zoom.us/my/jpconbio) on Tuesday 29 September, 13:15 Stockholm time!

In the seminar next week John will focus on the new concept of “Nature’s contributions to people” (NCP) that is currently being popularized by the International Panel of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). The concept of NCP is built upon a deeper understanding of the well-known Ecosystem Services paradigm. NCP attempts to capture many of the intangible values of nature that are difficult to measure, especially economically. Thus, NCP encompasses a broader range of worldviews than do previous, largely economic valuations of ecosystem services. Although the IPBES explicitly recognizes intrinsic nature value, they have done a poor job accounting for intrinsic value in their recent publications and reports. He will argue that the IPBES and biodiversity conservation in general requires a much deeper assessment of the philosophical concept of intrinsic natural value. Recognition of intrinsic value is, in fact, the foundation upon which both human rights and nature’s rights are built. Thus, intrinsic value is of primary importance in conservation of biodiversity and the broader concept of sustainability.

You can read more of their recent publications on ecocentrism at the following links:

https://conbio.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/cobi.13526

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10806-018-9711-1

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0006320718305020?via%3Dihub

https://conbio.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/cobi.13067

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1617138117300742?via%3Dihub

You can even read a statement of commitment to ecocentrism, and join a list of notable signatories at the following link: https://www.ecologicalcitizen.net/statement-of-ecocentrism.php?submit=Sign+the+Ecocentrism+Statement

On Tuesday 2 June Sanna Stålhammar at the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies will give a seminar entitled “Reconnecting with nature through concepts: On the construction of values in the ecosystem services paradigm”.

The seminar starts at 13:15 and will be held online and streamed on Zoom. The seminar is open for everyone who wants to attend. We will not distribute the zoom link to the seminar publicly online. If you want to attend the seminar, contact John Piccolo (john.piccolo@kau.se), and he will send you a zoom link so that you can participate.