Tempo and Mode

Tempo and Mode exists to bring together researchers from across the Australian National University campus who are interested in evolution. We link across many departments and disciplines, including biology, philosophy, linguistics, archaeology, anthropology and geology.

Upcoming seminars:

26th October: Alex Skeels & Ian Brennan, RSB ANU:

12:00 Alex Skeels, Research School of Biology, ANU:
Reconstructing speciation geography from contemporary biodiversity datThe origin of new species can occur under a range of geographic conditions, and this “speciation geography” is important in understanding the drivers of species diversity. Here I present a process-based model of diversification and geographic range evolution to reconstruct speciation geography in a number of plant and animal groups, highlighting how we can incorporate sources of uncertainty into these estimates.
12:30 Ian Brennan, Research School of Biology, ANU:
Integrating competition and biogeography into monitor lizard macroevolution
Living monitor lizards exhibit the greatest size disparity among members of a single vertebrate genus. While we appreciate this variety, little research has attempted to explain it. I extend an existing phylogenetic comparative framework to account for historical biogeography and competition between lineages, in an attempt to understand the macroevolution of goanna body size. Our results shed light on the process of character displacement in Australian monitors, and ecological overlap with marsupial predators.

1st November: Ruth Wallace, Charles Darwin University: TBA


Past seminars (list under construction)

17 October 2018: Theseus’ ship meets the winds of change: understanding collapse and resilience in social-ecological systems. Graeme Cumming, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies

21 September 2018: Historical linguistics in the Age of Bayes, T. Mark Ellison, Wellsprings of Language Diversity Project ANU.

3 August 2018: Evolutionary dynamics and fitness in wild populations. Loeske Kruuk, Research School of Biology, ANU.

2nd July 2018: Engaging with indigenous knowledge, indigenous communities and research. Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Māori and Indigenous Studies, The University of Waikato

15 June 2018: Six impossible things before breakfast: assumptions models and belief in molecular dating. Lindell Bromham, Research School of Biology, ANU

6 April 2018: Evolution of communication: pragmatics made simple. Richard Moore. Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

9 March 2018: Populations: a general framework. John Mathewson, Philosophy, Massey University.

30 August 2017 The cultural Red King effect. Cailin O’Connor. Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science, UC Irvine

Previous speakers (incomplete list)

Barry Brook (University of Tasmania)
Richard Duncan (University of Canberra)
Nicholas Matzke (Australian National University)
Shai Meiri (Tel Aviv University)
Dan Rabosky (University of Michigan)
Walter Jetz (Yale University)
Eddie Holmes (University of Sydney)
Daniel Osorio (University of Sussex)
Ben Kerr (University of Washington)
Peter Bennett (University of Kent)
Nicholas Evans (Australian National University)
Ainsley Seago (CSIRO)
Hanna Kokko (University of Helsinki)
Drew Kitchen (University of Iowa)
Kim Sterelny (Australian National University)
Michael Weisberg (University of Pennsylvania)
Charles Marshall (UC Berkeley)
Simon Easteal (Australian National University)
Simon Ho (University of Sydney)
Meg Woolfit (Monash University)
Peter Hiscock  (Australian National University)