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AIAS Fellows' Seminar: Machteld Verzijden, AIAS Fellow

Learned preferences. The evolutionary dynamics of mate choice

Info about event


Monday 5 October 2015,  at 14:15 - 16:00


The AIAS Auditorium, Building 1632, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 6B, 8000 Aarhus C


Both genes and environment play important roles in shaping our lives, and that of all living species. Recent developments in evolutionary biology show that in fact these dual forces also influence each other. My research focuses on mate choice in several animal species, in particular the influence of learning on mate choice. This presentation will focus on how the study of this animal mate choice helps to untangle the intricate web of evolutionary processes.

Short CV

Machteld Verzijden received her PhD from Leiden University, NL, in 2008. Then she took on a postdoctoral project at Texas A&M University, USA, and subsequently went to Sweden, Lund University, before starting her AIAS fellowship in October 2014. She works on the evolution of mate choice in animals, studying this topic in a number of species: birds, fish and insects, as well as in mathematical models.

Machteld Verzijden's project at AIAS.

What is a Fellows' Seminar?

The AIAS Fellows' Seminar is a session of seminars held by the AIAS fellows or by other speakers proposed by the fellows. In each seminar, one fellow will present and discuss his/her current research and research project, closing off with a question and discussion session.

All seminars are held in English and open to the public. Registration to the seminar is not necessary. Read more about the AIAS Fellows' Seminar here.