This conference has been withdrawn from the 2021 conference schedule.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the GRC Board of Trustees and staff have been assessing the impacts of COVID-19 on our 2021 conference season. As always, our priority is to support and preserve our conference communities and their health and safety while continuing GRC's 90-year tradition of advancing the frontiers of science. In light of the uncertainties surrounding the pandemic, the GRC Board of Trustees surveyed your conference chair(s) to determine their preference to postpone the meeting to 2023 or reschedule to a date later in the 2021 season. Per the chair's request, the Board has deferred the meeting and removed it from the 2021 schedule. Thank you for your understanding, and we hope you will be able to attend this conference in 2023.
The Gordon Research Conference on Speciation is the world's largest conference focused on speciation research and is dedicated to integration, synthesis, and bridge-building between a diversity of directions, systems and approaches in modern speciation research. The 2021 Speciation GRC will build on these themes and further expand the sphere of speciation research. In particular, speciation research until now has largely focused on identifying the isolating mechanisms that promote the origin of new species. Despite many recent advances, this largely microevolutionary research program has failed to explain macroevolutionary patterns of species diversity. Thus, an emerging theme is that a complete understanding of speciation requires the identification of the mechanisms that promote the persistence of species. Addressing these questions requires new expertise and approaches from fields that have not traditionally been at the core of speciation research. The 2021 Speciation GRC will engage both emerging and established leaders in these fields to promote a further synthesis of the traditional and modern views of the mechanisms that promote both the origin and persistence of species.