BTCon17 – Day 2, Session 3

Thomas Clements

11:30 Adam Hayward
University of Stirling
Coauthors: Josephine Pemberton, Camillo Berenos (@cberenos), Alastair Wilson (@ali__wilson), Jill Pilkington
Selection- but not genotype-by-environment interactions for fitness-related traits in a wild mammal

Changes in the strength of natural selection and genetic variation (VA) with environmental conditions may help us predict evolutionary responses to environmental change. We found increased population density (PD) in wild Soay sheep is linked to stronger selection on body size traits, but while these traits showed VA, VA did not change with PD.

11:45 Emma Dune
University of Birmingham
Coauthors: @butlerlabbham, @rogerclose
Tracking terrestrial tetrapod biodiversity through time

Sampling biases in the fossil record affect our ability to decipher genuine patterns of biodiversity, causing disagreement over the large-scale patterns of terrestrial tetrapod diversification. We attempt to correct for these biases in order to re-evaluate the patterns of early tetrapod evolution.

12:00 Thomas Clements
University of Leicester
Coauthor: Sarah Gabbott (@SarahGabbott; Uni of Leicester)
Turning squishy body bits into rock: how do soft tissue fossils form?

Soft tissues are the most informative body parts for palaeontologists. Most organic tissues decay quickly after death, skewing the fossil record, but some rare fossil sites preserve animals with squishy bits. My work focuses on using decay experiments to understand the processes and conditions needed to turn organics that normally rot into fossils

12:15 Steve Dudley
Using social media to promote your research and contribute to your published article’s altmetrics

The speed at which altmetrics have become established is striking. Researchers increasingly expect to see immediate impact of their research on publication. Citations can’t deliver this, but altmetrics can. But can individual researchers drive the online attention, and the altmetric score, of their own research articles?

12:30 Catrin Williams
Cardiff University
Biological effects of microwaves: the good, the bad and the ugly

Microwave fields are ubiquitous in our modern, urban environment. My work aims to understand how these fields interact with biological systems, from bioluminescent bacteria to human heart cells. Potential applications include improved regulation of microwave-emitting devices and enhanced treatment of cardiac arrhythmias and cancer.

12:45 Jack Goode
University of Leeds
Coauthors: Mike Symonicz, Rajan Sharma, Hope Adamson,
Nanoparticle sensors for Identifying Viral or Bacterial Infections

We are investigating the development of nanoparticle sensors to detect different proteins that the body produces when fighting either a viral or bacterial infection. If we can distinguish between these responses, we can decide whether it is best to use antibiotics or not and reduce the chance of Resistant bacteria emerging