Abstract submission is now open. Please visit
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EGGS 2018 will happen on March 20th 2018 at the Department of Genetics featuring a keynote by Dr. Katie Peichel. Registration is now open. Visit EGGS 2018.
We are pleased to announce a one-day meeting to address the challenges in the field of speciation genomics. The meeting will be held on Monday 19th March 2018 at St Johns College Cambridge and is organised by Simon Martin, Mark Ravinet and Chris Jiggins.
The format will include short talks by early career researchers working with data and theory and opportunity for discussion led by more senior researchers.
Confirmed speakers so far include Anja Westram, Camille Roux, Joana Meier, Reto Burri, Dorothea Lindke and Simon Aeschbacher. Ole Seehausen, Konrad Lohse, Richard Durbin and Roger Butlin are confirmed attendees and will help lead discussion groups.
There is a registration page now open here
The registration fee includes dinner in the evening and all tea and coffee etc. Note that accommodation is not included – we recommend that you look for B&B options at the university accommodation site.
Note that this meeting coincides with our annual EGGS meeting to be held the following day on the 20th March – we encourage you to attend both meetings.
Background: Thanks to new methods and advances in sequencing technology, generating genomic data for speciation research has never been so affordable, accessible or straightforward. Huge datasets of tens of thousands (and often many more) loci make it possible to estimate demographic history, identify signatures of divergent selection and quantify gene flow with considerable accuracy. This genomic perspective has changed our understanding of how the speciation process unfolds. Hybridisation and introgression need not be detrimental but instead may promote divergence through the formation of new species, the introduction of novel genetic variation and the introgression of adaptive alleles. Peaks and troughs of relative differentiation measures (i.e. FST) that emerged from early genome scan studies have been interpreted as putative ‘speciation islands’. The rationale is simple; strong divergent selection on barrier loci reduces effective migration at these targets and the loci closely linked to them. However, researchers using population genomic patterns to identify the processes and genes involved in speciation are beginning to recognize that factors such evolutionary history, recombination and mutation rate variation and gene density confound this interpretation of the genomic landscape.
There is now an opportunity to move beyond debate about the validity of identifying ‘speciation islands’. This meeting aims to bring together those working on the empirical and theoretical challenges that face speciation genomics. The meeting will begin with a series of short seminars from researchers using novel approaches to account for factors that confound our understanding of the genomic landscape and will build towards in-depth discussion in the later part of the day.
Relevant references with strangely similar titles:
Martin SH & Jiggins CD. 2017. Interpreting the genomic landscape of introgression. Current Opinion in Genetics & Development 47: 69–74.
Evolutionary Genetics & Genomics Symposium (EGGS) 2018 will take place on March 20 at the Biffen Lecture Theater in the Department of Genetics at the University of Cambridge. For more details see here.
Rick Thompson will present Ronquist et al. (2012) “A Total-Evidence Approach to Dating with Fossils, Applied to the Early Radiation of the Hymenoptera”, doi: 10.1093/sysbio/sys058. Meeting on Monday 28/01, 4 pm, Zoology Basement Seminar Room.
We are currently accepting requests for speakers for the 5th Cambridge Evolutionary Genetics Symposium that will be taking place on Friday, January 11th next year.
The Cambridge Evolutionary Genetics (CEG) network has been set up to foster links between researchers in this field based in different institutions across Cambridge. The talks will cover all areas of evolutionary genetics from comparative genomics to evo-devo, and pathogen evolution to speciation. In previous years speakers have come from the University of Cambridge, the Sanger Institute, EBI, Anglia Ruskin and further afield. The meeting is free to attend and no registration is required.
We are now looking for speakers; if you would be interested in presenting a talk please send a title, brief outline and your affiliation to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The symposia will consist of ten or so 15 minute talks (with five minutes for questions) given by Cambridge researchers, as well as talks from two high profile outside speakers (see below).
We have two confirmed invited speakers:
Location: Department of Genetics, Downing Site, Biffen lecture theatre
The programme from last year to give you an idea of the format can be found here
The 2011/2012 journal club series has begun!
Dates, venue details and speakers are listed under the Journal Club tab.
The Second CEG Symposium will be held in the afternoon of 15 January in the Part II Room in the Genetics Department. This is an opportunity to learn about some of the exciting evolutionary research going in in Cambridge at the moment! The available abstracts can be downloaded here: CEG-workshop_abstracts
01:00 – 01:40 Invited Speaker – Tracey Chapman, University of East Anglia – Adaptations to sexual selection and sexual conflict
01:40 – 02:00 Hazel Nichols, Molecular Ecology Group, Zoology – The genetics of reproductive conflict and inbreeding in a cooperatively breeding mammal
02:00 – 02:20 Carlo Brena, Evolution and Development lab, Zoology – Dynamics in Centipede development: in search for the common origin of segmentation
02:20 – 02:40 Rob Jones, Butterfly Genetics Group, Zoology – Morphometric analysis of butterfly wing pattern variation
02:30 – 03:00 Beverley Glover, Plant Evo-Devo Group, Plant Sciences – Gilding the lily: the evolution and development of specialised petal cell types
03:00 – 03:50 coffee
03:50 – 04:25 Invited speaker – Simon Frost, Veterinary medicine – Phylodynamics of Viral Epidemics
04:25 – 04:45 Mike Magwire, Host-Parasite Coevolution Group, Genetics – Identifying genes affecting resistance to sigma virus in Drosophila melanogaster
04:45 – 05:05 Tim O’Connor, Evolutionary Genetics Group, Zoology – Substitution Models to Detect Evolutionary Associations Between Genotype and Phenotype: an Interspecies Approach
05:05 – 05:25 Anders Eriksson, Evolutionary Ecology Group, Zoology – A spatially explicit model for Human settlement history
05:25 – 06:00 Invited Speaker – Chris Tyler-Smith, Sanger Institute – Human Evolutionary Genetics
Followed by Happy Hour in the Genetics Tea Room