Affiliation - University of Mainz
Title of Talk - Why theoreticians love their "What if?" scenarios
Event Link - https://upenn.zoom.us/j/99792332298?pwd=R1JXYmh2aGI1OUhuUzg5VFhuU0M0Zz09
Why would anyone study life cycles that do not even exist in nature? Why would anyone contrast a bat and a mouse in terms of annual survival and ignore all other differences between them? I will reflect on two very different models from my lab, investigating sexual conflict and senescence respectively, where we intentionally study caricatures of what happens in nature - and we still believe this is a useful exercise.