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Tangled Bank Seminars

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Natural History Museum's series of scientific seminars within biological and geological diversity and the processes shaping it. 

The concept 'tangled bank' refers to one of the concluding paragraphs in Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species (1859):

[. . .] It is interesting to contemplate an entangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so different from each other, and dependent on each other in so complex a manner, have all been produced by laws acting around us. [. . .]


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Time and place: Mar. 18, 2021 12:00 PM1:00 PM,

On Thursday, March 18th we welcome Dr Fabien Condamine. He will be giving a Tangled Bank seminar on "Genome-wide macroevolutionary signatures of key innovations in butterflies colonizing new host plants." More information can be found on Dr Condamine's website

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Time and place: Mar. 4, 2021 12:30 PM1:30 PM,

On Thursday, March 4th we welcome Dr Katie Collins to the NHM. Dr Collins is based at the London Natural History Museum and will be giving the Tangled Bank seminar on her research into the geometry and diversity of mollusc shell form. 

Time and place: Feb. 18, 2021 12:30 PM1:30 PM,

On Thursday, February 18th we welcome Dr Pádraic Flood to the NHM. He will be giving the Tangled Bank Seminar on “The Genetic Basis of Convergent Adaptation to Altitude in Arabidopsis thaliana”.

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Time and place: Mar. 25, 2020 2:00 PM4:00 PM, Tøyen hovedgård

As a measure to prevent spread of Coronavirus the seminar has been cancelled. 

Seminar by Mario Vallejo-Marin (University of Stirling) on "Buzz pollination: The ecology and evolution of buzzing bees and vibrating flowers " and Christian Parisod (University of Bern) on "Transposons and genome evolution in natural plant populations."

Tangled Bank lecturer 4th of December 2019
Time and place: Dec. 4, 2019 1:15 PM2:00 PM, Lids hus (auditoriet)

Wednesday December 4th the Tangled Bank Seminar will be given by Sebastian Höhna at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München on "Estimating diversification rates from phylogenies with extinct and extant taxa". 

Scott Ligard Tangled Bank lecturer 2019-11-27
Time and place: Nov. 27, 2019 1:15 PM2:00 PM, Lid's house (auditorium)

Wednesday November 27th the Tangled Bank Seminar will be given by Scott Lidgard at The Field Museum, Chicago (IL, USA). More information on the talk soon. 

Tangled Bank lecturers 26th of June 2019
Time and place: Nov. 4, 2019 1:15 PM2:00 PM, Lids hus (auditoriet)

Monday November 4th the Tangled Bank Seminar will be given by Pavel Stopka on "Proteomic architecture of chemical communication".

Tangled Bank lecturer 29th of October 2019
Time and place: Oct. 29, 2019 12:15 PM1:00 PM, Lunchroom (4th floor) at the Zoological museum (Collett's house).

Tuesday October 29th the Tangled Bank Seminar will be given by Carl Simpson on "How colonial animals evolve".

Tangled Bank lecturers 26th of June 2019
Time and place: June 26, 2019 10:30 AM12:00 PM, Lids hus (Botanisk museum)

Following the PhD defense of GS Seethapathy at the Department of Pharmacy, the opponents have kindly agreed to give talks in our Tangled Bank seminar series.

Johan Dahlgren gives Tangled Bank Seminar June 21 2019
Time and place: June 21, 2019 10:15 AM11:00 AM, Lids hus (Botanisk museum)

Tangled Bank Seminar by Johan Dahlgren (University of Southern Denmark) on "Aging in plants – what do we really know?"

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Time and place: May 9, 2019 1:00 PM3:00 PM, Tøyen hovedgård

Tangled Bank Seminar by Martin Grube (University of Graz) on "Lichens as models of symbiotic complexity " and Ester Gaya (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew) on "What are fungi and why are they important?"

Tangled Bank Seminar with Daniel Hooper
Time and place: May 8, 2019 1:00 PM2:00 PM, Lids hus (Auditorium 1) (Google Maps)

Tangled Bank Seminar by Daniel Hooper at Cornell University on "Chromosome inversions and reproductive isolation in an avian hybrid zone". 

Tangled Bank Seminar with Sylvain Glémin and Johanna Leppälä
Time and place: May 7, 2019 10:15 AM12:00 PM, Botanical Museum, Lids hus (Auditorium)

Tangled Bank Seminar by Sylvain Glémin (University of Rennes) on "Dynamics of mating system evolution and its genomic consequences in wheat relatives (Aegilops/Triticum)" and Johanna Leppälä (Umeå University) on "Postzygotic reproductive isolation at different levels of genetic divergence". 

Time and place: May 2, 2019 1:00 PM2:00 PM, Tøyen hovedgård

Tangled Bank seminar by Thom van Dooren from University of Sydney (Australia) on "A world in a shell: The disappearing snails of Hawaii"

Tangled Bank Seminar with Ida M. Mienna
Time and place: Apr. 25, 2019 1:00 PM2:00 PM, Lids hus (Auditorium 1) (Google Maps)

Tangled Bank Seminar Ida M. Mienna from NTNU University Museum and on "Combining species occurrence data and molecular phylogenies can reveal hidden patterns of diversity and endemism".

Tangled Bank Seminar with Tinde van Andel and Ola Westengen
Time and place: Mar. 13, 2019 1:00 PM3:00 PM, Lids hus (Auditorium 1) (Google Maps)

Tangled Bank Seminar by Tinde van Andel (Naturalis Biodiversity Center at Leiden) on the "Rice of the ancestors" and Ola Westengen (NMBU) on "Sorghum genetic diversity in Africa and the role of local seed systems".

Time and place: Dec. 12, 2018 1:00 PM3:00 PM, Tøyen hovedgård

Wednesday December 12 the Tangled Bank Seminar will be held by Bastian Star from Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES), Department of Biosciences (UiO) and Freek T. Bakker from Wageningen University & Research (Netherlands)

Time and place: Nov. 22, 2018 1:15 PM3:00 PM, Tøyen hovedgård

Thursday November 22 the Tangled Bank Seminar will be held by Carrie Joy Andrew of the EVOGENE group at Department of Biosciences (UiO) and Trond Simensen of the GEco group at NHM. 

Time and place: Oct. 25, 2018 1:30 PM3:00 PM, Tøyen hovedgård

Thursday October 25  Tommaso Pizzari of University of Oxford and Charlotta Kvarnemo of University of Gothenburg will give a Tangled Bank Seminar on "The polyandry revolution" and "The many mysteries of monogamy", respectively.

Time and place: Oct. 4, 2018 1:00 PM3:00 PM, Tøyen Hovedgård

The day before the disputation of Lene Liebe Delsett October 5 a seminar will be organized with the opponents. The talks will be in a popularized format and understandable for all, including geologists and biologists. This also marks the very first Tangled Bank Seminar at the Natural History Museum.