Ecological Genomics

As genomic tools increase in their accessibility, researchers are rapidly applying these to basic questions about how organisms evolve and adapt in natural environments, and how the content of an organism's genome affects its current distribution, abundance, and interactions. These questions describe the natural ecology of species and define the new field of ecological genomics. This workshop is intended to bring together scientists who are using genomics to understand the basic ecology of organisms (model and non-model species) and who are developing new tools to make genomic approaches accessible for species lacking sequenced genomes, for outbred genotypes, or for experiments in natural environments.
Date: Saturday, January 10, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM-10:10 AM
Room: Royal Palm Salon 1-2
Katrina Dlugosch and Nolan Kane
8:00 AM
Biochar Alters the Soil Microbiome: Results from Amplicon Surveys of Three European Field Sites
Gail Taylor, University of Southampton; Joe R. Jenkins, University of Southampton

8:20 AM
Patterns of Gene Loss in Population Genomic Data - Identifying Disposable Genes
Jacqueline Batley, University of Western Australia

8:40 AM
Ecological Genomics of Native and Invading Yellow Starthistle and Its Biocontrol Insect
Brittany Barker, University of Arizona; Katrina Dlugosch, University of Arizona

9:00 AM
Genomics of Adaptation and Diversificaiton in Cannabis
Nolan Kane, University of Colorado

9:20 AM
Understanding Climate Adaptation through Genome-Wide Patterns of Differentiation and Local Selection in Populus balsamifera.  How Important Are Peripheral Populations?
Vikram Chhatre, University of Vermont; Matthew Fitzpatrick, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences; Stephen Keller, University of Vermont

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