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Ecological & Evolutionary Genomics
July 10-15, 2011
University of New England
Biddeford, ME

The 2011 Gordon Conference on Evolutionary & Ecological Genomics will present cutting-edge research on using genomics approaches to study adaptation of organisms to changing environments, genome evolution and population genetics, as well as the evolution of complex phenotypes. In particular, several of the talks this year will highlight evidence for evolution at the molecular and phenotypic levels in response to climate change. A diversity of sessions will highlight recent results from natural as well as experimental populations, and will cover both non-model and model species. There will be an exciting balance between ecologists using genomics to study adaptation in rapidly evolving systems, as well as genomicists using large-scale sequence, expression and functional assays to study variation among populations and species.

The conveners Loretta Johnson (Kansas State University) and Gretchen Hofmann (UC Santa Barbara) are committed to assembling a diverse conference with a mix of high profile established scientists and as well as post-docs and grad students early in their professional careers. We plan to select some submitted abstracts for invited talks. We are actively applying for funds to allow graduate students and others to attend. Although attendance at Gordon Conferences is by application, we intend to admit as many as we can on a first-come-first serve basis. The collegial atmosphere of this Conference, with discussion sessions as well as opportunities for informal gatherings in the afternoons and evenings, provides an avenue for scientists from different disciplines to brainstorm and promotes cross-disciplinary collaborations. We hope to see you there, at the University of New England!


Contributors

SUNDAY
4:00 pm - 8:00 pmArrival and Check-in (Office Closed 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmKeynote Session
Discussion Leader: John Colbourne (Indiana University)
7:40 pm - 8:40 pm Keynote Lecture: Thomas Mitchell-Olds (Duke University)
"Advances in ecological genomics: Phenotypes phirst!"
8:40 pm - 9:15 pm Discussion-Future directions and opportunities for Ecological Genomics
9:30 pm - 1:00 am Welcome Reception
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmGenomics of Rapid Evolutionary Change
Discussion Leader: Peter Armbruster (Georgetown University)
9:00 am - 9:40 am Bill Bradshaw & Chris Holzapfel (Univ. of Oregon)
"Genomics and rapid evolution of the pitcher-plant mosquito in time and space"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 am Ary Hoffmann (Univ. of Melbourne)
"Molecular and genomic evolution of thermal clines in Drosophila"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 11:45 am Brooks Miner (Univ. of Washington)
"Molecular mechanisms of divergent adaptation to a variable environmental stressor among neighboring Daphnia populations"
11:45 am - 11:50 am Discussion
11:50 am - 12:05 pm Iliana Baums (Penn State)
"Genotype variation in response to thermal stress is basis for coral survival"
12:05 pm - 12:10 pm Discussion
12:10 pm - 12:25 pm Lila Fishman (Univ. of Montana)
"The genetics of parallel trait evolution: a case study in geothermally adapted Mimulus"
12:25 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmGenomic Responses to Stress
Discussion Leader: Ary Hoffmann (Univ. of Melbourne)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pm Dick Roelofs (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
"Genomic consequences of stress adaptive evolution in springtails"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pm Mark Ungerer (Kansas State Univ.)
"The Evolution of Genomic Dark Matter: Transposable Elements in Wild Sunflowers"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
9:30 pm- 1:00 am Poster Session and Social Hours (Bar closes at midnight!)
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmGenetic Architecture of Local Adaptation in Heterogenous Environments
Discussion Leader: Hopi Hoekstra (Harvard)
9:00 am - 9:40 am David Lowry (Univ. Texas Austin)
"The Landscape Evolutionary Genomics of Adaptation and Speciation in Mimulus"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 am Luciano Matzkin (Univ. Calif. San Diego)
"Genomic changes associated with the adaptation of cactophilic Drosophila to their desert environment"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pm Cynthia Weinig (Univ. of Wyoming)
"Genetic mechanisms of adaptation in heterogeneous environments"
12:10 pm - 12:25 pm Victoria Sork (UCLA)
"Landscape genomic study of valley oak (Quercus lobata), a keystone endemic California tree species"
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmMechanisms Underlying Complex Traits
Discussion Leader: Thomas Mitchell-Olds (Duke)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pm Mike Lynch (Indiana University)
"The mechanisms underlying the evolution of complex traits"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 8:45 pm Christian Landry (Université Laval)
"Evolution of protein interactomes: experimental approaches"
8:45 pm - 8:50 pm Discussion
8:50 pm - 9:05 pm Paul Magwene (Duke University)
"Heterozygosity and Loss-of-Heterozygosity in Wild Yeast"
9:05 pm - 9:10 pm Discussion
9:10 pm - 9:25 pm Chris Organ (Harvard and Biogen Idec)
"Polarizing Genome Evolution"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
9:30 pm- 1:00 am Poster Session and Social Hours (Bar closes at midnight!)
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmGenetic Basis of Adaptive Variation
Discussion Leader: Lila Fishman (University of Montana)
9:00 am - 9:40 am Jim Marden (Penn State)
"Functional genomics of dispersal and female fecundity in a butterfly metapopulation"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Group Photo / Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 am Hopi Hoekstra (Harvard University)
"Adaptive variation in pigmentation in mice"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:00 am Joe Shaw (Indiana University)
"An environmental genomics approach to understanding evolved tolerance variation in Daphnia"
12:00 pm - 12:10 pm Discussion
12:10 pm - 12:25 pm Greg Lang (Princeton)
"Genetic variation and the fate of beneficial mutations in asexual populations"
12:00 pm - 12:10 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the next Vice Chair; Fill out Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss future Site & Scheduling preferences; Election of the next Vice Chair
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmMolecular Evolution and Genomics of Species Interactions
Discussion Leader: Ralf Sommer (Max Planck, Tubingen)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pm Jack Werren (Univ. of Rochester)
"Using Nasonia (and It's Microbes) to Reveal Processes of Adaptation and Speciation"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pm Mike Herman (Kansas State Univ.)
"Ecological genomics of nematode-bacterial interactions"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
9:30 pm- 1:00 am Poster Session and Social Hours (Bar closes at midnight!)
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmPhenotypic Plasticity and Genotype x Environment Interactions
Discussion Leader: Mike Herman (Kansas State University)
9:00 am - 9:40 am Puni Jeyasingh (Univ of OK)
"Using the environmental supply of elements to link ecology and evolution: genomic and transcriptomic insights"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 am Louis Bernatchez (Université Laval)
"Spatially varying selection and phenotypic plasticity within panmixia: Relevance for the conservation of the American Eel"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pm Ralf Sommer (Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Tuebingen)
"Genetic control of phenotypic plasticity in Pristionchus pacificus and the evolutionary fate of morphological novelty"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 8:30 pmEvolutionary Genomics of Domestication
Discussion Leader: Mark Ungerer (Kansas State University)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pm Ana Caicedo (U. Mass)
"Evolutionary genomics of weedy rice"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 8:45 pm Suzy Renn (Reed College)
"Genomic Architecture of Adaptive Radiation: the Role for Gene Duplication in African Cichlid Fishes"
8:45 pm - 8:50 pm Discussion
8:50 pm - 9:05 pm Sandi Degnan (University of Queensland)
"Using ecological developmental genomics to explore the evolution of marine invertebrate life cycles"
9:05 pm - 9:10 pm Discussion
9:10 pm - 9:25 pm Jesse Lasky (Univ. of Texas Austin)
"The role of geography, climate, and phenology in explaining genomic variation of Arabidopsis thaliana"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
9:30 pm- 1:00 am Poster Session and Social Hours (Bar closes at midnight!)
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture

 
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