New model systems for linking evolution and ecology

A major obstacle in linking evolution and ecology has been that for many of the preferred models for genetic and genomic research, ecological information has been lacking. Conversely, the preferred models for evolutionary ecology have generally not been amenable to genetic experiments and have had poorly developed genomic resources. The ongoing revolution in sequencing technologies is rapidly changing this. Large-scale sequencing-based studies have become affordable for individual labs and support population genomics, investigation of regulatory landscapes of the genomes as well as in situ genetics in a wide range of species. Importantly, such analyses can now be performed with hundreds or even thousands of individuals.

This meeting will present the latest advances with satellite systems, that is, species that are closely related to conventional genetic model organisms, and with entirely new models for evolutionary and ecological genetics and genomics. Special emphasis will be placed on the interaction between organisms as a basis for understanding ecological adaptation. If you want to bring a new species into the genomic era, this meeting is for you.

The programme includes sessions on

Microbe, plant and animal satellite species

Emerging model systems

Interactions and ecosystems
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Confirmed Speakers

Arhat Abzhanov, Harvard University, USA
Ian Baldwin, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Biology, United Kingdom
Patricia Beldade, Gulbenkian Inst. Portugal, Portugal
John Bowman, Monash University, Australia
Enrico Coen, John Innes Centre Norwich, United Kingdom
John Colbourne, Indiana University, USA
John Doebley, University Wisconsin Madison, USA
Nicole Dubilier, Max Planck Institute for for Marine Microbiology, Germany
Marie-Anne Felix, ENS Paris, France
Bettina Harr, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Germany
Felicity Jones, Stanford University School of Medicine, USA
Sophie Karrenberg, Uppsala University, Sweden
Laurent Keller, University Lausanne, Switzerland
Ute Krämer, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany
Josephine Pemberton, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Paul Rainey, Massey University, New Zealand
Neelima Sinha, University of California, Davis, USA
Victoria Sork, University of California, USA
Eva Stukenbrock, Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology - Marburg, Germany
Greg Velicer, Indiana University, Switzerland
Patricia ("Trisha") Wittkopp, University of Michigan, USA
Invited Speakers

Scott Hodge, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Nancy Moran, Yale University, USA

1 May - 4 May 2013

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