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Draft programme

Introductory lecture

Sophie Jarriault (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Strasbourg, France)

You are what you eat: how the environment impacts cellular plasticity

Developmental plasticity as a driver of evolution

Matthew Walsh (University of Texas at Arlington, USA)
Does behavioural plasticity promote or constrain adaptation? Experiments on Daphnia

Tobias Uller (University of Lund, Sweden)
Developmental plasticity and evolvability

Alexander Little (McMaster University, Canada)
Adaptive plasticity: mechanisms and costs

Armin Moczek (Indiana University Bloomington, USA)
Developmental plasticity and the origins of novelty and diversity in development and evolution

Jorge Contreras Garduño (UNAM, Unidad Morelia, Mexico)
Developmental plasticity after innate immune memory: cost or strategy?

The rearing environment

Amy Newman (University of Guelph, Canada)
Resource availability during early life impacts later fitness in birds

Mylene Mariette (Doñana Biological Station, Spain and Deakin University, Australia)
Prenatal acoustic programming of development in birds

Anne Bronikowski (Iowa State University, USA)
Early nutritional stress affects growth, reproduction and survival in snakes

Imroze Khan (Ashoka University, India)
Evolution of ageing rate vs immune system development: a tale of intertwined strands

Early life stress

Paula Brunton (University of Edinburgh, UK)
The impact of maternal stress on offspring brain development

Helen Eachus (University of Exeter, UK)
Early life adversity impacts the development of the stress response in fish

Linda Wilbrecht (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
Feast and famine in development influence adult learning, decision making and dopamine neurons in mice

Hormones, epigenetics and other physiological mechanisms

Simon Blanchet (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Moulis, France)
Beyond individuals: the use of population epigenetics to inform environmental conservation, management and restoration

Rajendhran Rajakumar (University of Ottawa, Canada)
Developmental mechanisms driving phenotypic variation in ants and flies

Neil Metcalfe (University of Glasgow, UK)
Physiological mechanisms behind phenotypic variation across generations – insights from fishes

Suvi Ruuskanen (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)
Early-life environmental effects on birds


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