At the invitation of Prof. Zhou Yang from the School of Life Sciences (SLS) of Nanjing Normal University (NNU), Prof. David Montagnes of the University of Liverpool came to our school for academic exchanges. The academic lecture was held on November 12, 2019 at 10:00 am in the circular conference room on the third floor of SLS. He delivered a scientific lecture with the title of "Does Tetrahymena like it hot? Evolution of thermal responses at a generic level". Teachers in the related filed and the postgraduates of our college both listened to this academic report.
Prof. David Montagnes has long been engaged in the research of marine biology and aquatic ecology, and he is very good at using ecological models to conduct data analyzing. David has served as the vice president of the International Commission on Protozoology(ICOP), and his great work have been published into the top international publications in the field of ecology, such as Ecology Letters, Global Change Biology, etc. In addition, he successively hold the post of the editorial board member of some international Journal like The Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology，Acta Protistologica，Marine Biology Research，European Journal of Protistology, Journal of Plankton Research, etc.
In this report, Prof. Montagnes used Tetrahymena, a protozoan widely distributed in the freshwater ecosystem, as an example to propose a functional model of growth rate changing with temperature, which reveals the evolution of protozoa's thermal responses to global warming. According to this model, Prof. Montagnes made a detailed explanation. At the same time, it was found that the phylogenetic tree based on model parameters is highly matched with the genetic relationship between species. Finally, he encouraged the students to actively participate in this meaningful research in combination with their research fields.
Toward the end of the presentation, Prof. Montagnes had an in-depth exchange with the participants and Prof. Yang also made a supplement of the professional knowledge involved in the report in detail to help the theory to be better understood. The lecture ended with a warm applause.