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Heliconius Seminar

By Luca Livraghi

While under quarantine we will be presenting bi-weekly Zoom seminars featuring Heliconius researchers. Please contact Joana Meier ( or Luca Livraghi ( if you would like to be added to the email list for the talk announcements.

Talks start at 10AM Panama time unless noted otherwise.

11 May 2020Luca Livraghi (U Cambridge, UK)The gene cortex controls scale colour identity in Heliconius

25 May 2020
Joe Hanly (George Washington U, USA)Investigation of wing pattern mutants in a domesticated population of Heliconius melpomene

8 June 2020
Kelsey Byers (U Cambridge, UK)QTL for potential wing and genital pheromone compounds show clustering across the genome
June 22, 2020Chris Kozak (STRI)Population genomics of large mimetic radiations

July 6th, 2020Melanie Brien (U Sheffield / U Cambridge) The genetics and evolution of structural colour in Heliconius butterflies
July 20th, 2020Nate Edelman (Harvard, US) The molecular basis of hybrid female sterility in Heliconius pardalinus subspecies
August 3rd, 2020Nicol Rueda (Un del Rosario, Colombia)Importance of environmental variables in the distribution and natural hybridization of Heliconius butterflies.
September 7th, 2020Wyatt Toure (McGill U, USA / STRI, Panama)Heliconiini butterflies can learn time-dependent reward associations.
September 21st, 2020Erika Pinheiro-de-
Castro (U. Cambridge, UK)
Phenotypic plasticity in chemical defence allows butterflies to diversify host use strategies
October 5th, 2020Matteo Rossi (LMU, Munich)Genetics of visual mate preference in Heliconius butterflies
October 19th, 2020Gabriela Montejo-Kovacevich (U. Cambridge, UK)Local adaptation in Heliconius butterflies (beyond mimicry)
November 2nd, 2020Alexander Hausmann (LMU, Munich)Heliconius mating behaviours affected by light environment during early stages of divergence
November 30th, 2020Lucie Quest (U York, UK / LMU, Munich, Germany)Flight and wing shape in the Heliconiini

Tim Thurman’s hybridization paper published!

H. erato hybrid zone

Congratulations to Tim Thurman whose paper examining Heliconius erato hybrid zone movement across Panama was recently published in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology. This is the third time the hybrid zone has been examined since it’s discovery approximately 30 years ago and shows the slowed continuation of a westward movement. Factors contributing to the movement are unclear, but deforestation is surprisingly not the main driver. A link to the abstract can be found here:

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