New Model Systems for Linking Evolution and Ecology

D. Tautz, D. Weigel

EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

Sunday 8 May - Wednesday 11 May 2016

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Why attend?

This symposium focuses on the interface of ecology and evolutionary genetics, with special emphasis placed on the interaction between organisms as a basis for understanding ecological adaptation. New sequencing-based methods are bridging the gap between modern genetics and systems-level ecological studies. This is paralleled by dramatic improvements in imaging and remote sensing, with which one can capture both spatial and temporal components of dynamic interactions between individuals and their natural environment.

Aims

Areas of discussion will be the right balance between generating large volumes of data and the depth of scientific questions to be addressed. An important aim is the development of biological concepts for comparative analysis and experimental strategies for functional analysis that optimally exploit the advances in data collection.

Topics

  • genotype-phenotype map
  • interorganismal interactions 
  • ecological genomics 
  • evolutionary genetics
  • landscape genomics

Who should attend?

Specialists from ecology who want to learn how cutting-edge genomics can support their work, and specialists from genetics who want to learn how cutting-edge field methods can help them address questions that cannot be conclusively answered by lab work. The meeting is also for anybody who wants to bring a new ecological model system into the genomic era.