Adam Chippindale, Queen’s University

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Department of Biology Professor Kingston, Ontario adam.chippindale@queensu.ca chippind@queensu.ca Office: (613) 533-6139

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The evolutionary arms race between an organism and its enemies is known as the 'Red Queen' process. Because each species is a moving target, open-ended cycles of adaptation and counter-adaptation can ensue without any 'progress' being made. Increasingly we recognize that wherever genetic entities...

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The evolutionary arms race between an organism and its enemies is known as the 'Red Queen' process. Because each species is a moving target, open-ended cycles of adaptation and counter-adaptation can ensue without any 'progress' being made. Increasingly we recognize that wherever genetic entities interact we are likely to find conflict and RQ-style antagonistic coevolution. The conflict between females and males, generated by disparate fitness goals and a shared genome, is of particular interest because they are constant components of one another's environments. Long-term goals of my research program include understanding (i) the evolution of sex and separate genders; (ii) the ways that genetic conflict shapes genome organization; (iii) the mechanisms that maintain genetic variation for fitness; and (iv) the genetic architecture of life-history and stress-resistance traits.

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