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“Reproductive games: the compelling world of the selfish gene”


“Reproductive games: the compelling world of the selfish gene”

The fourth lecture in the series of open lectures given by our faculty will be all about evolutionary biology! Join us!

Thursday, 31st January 2019 at 6:30 pm
Akademeia High School, Ledóchowskiej 2, Warsaw

Organisms have evolved ingenious and at times, downright sneaky strategies to ensure their genes are represented in future generations. Infidelity, manipulation and coercion are all a commonplace in sexual interactions.

These strong selection pressures have led to the evolution of sophisticated tactics that optimise sexual effort, sometimes at extreme cost to others. One particularly potent example of sexual selection is sperm competition; the battle between sperm cells to gain paternity.

This talk will survey this important field of biology and examine the adaptive function of sexual behaviours and features. Hopefully, the monogamous idyll of loving harmony between organisms will be tested.

The lecture will be given by dr Mark Baynes, the Biology Teacher at our high school.

Dr Mark Baynes
BSc (Hons) Biology, University of East Anglia
DPhil Evolutionary Biology, Wadham College, Oxford

A keen natural historian from an early age, Mark formalised his passion reading biology as an undergraduate and then taking a DPhil in evolutionary study. Although the necessary election of just one area for PhD research was almost painful, he was finally drawn towards the world of mate selection (adaptive behaviour and phenotype in competitive scenarios). Mark maintains an academic appetite for all things cellular with a particular susceptibility towards amphibian and bird biology and adaptive games. In terms of teaching experience, he has held tenure at Charterhouse School followed by private tuition in London and finally as principle biologist at Padworth College, an international college in Southern England.When not distracted by the natural aesthetic, Mark enjoys reading, playing funk bass, fly-fishing, film and pop music.

The event is open to our students, their families and friends, our faculty and staff. If you’re interested in joining us but you don’t attend our school, please send an e-mail to Marta Szewczyk marta.szewczyk@akademeia.edu.pl

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