Origin of Biodiversity

​A cross-disciplinary thematic program on genome evolution and speciation

From early April to June 2017, Professor Scott V. Edwards from Harvard University will lead researchers from biology, medicine, mathematics, physics and computer science in a joint effort to reach new insights in the evolution of biodiversity on earth. The approach will be joint seminars, lab work and national and international workshops. You are welcome to participate!

Professor Edwards is a leader in the use of molecular tools to understand how species and their genomes evolve, and he combines the latest developments in medical and molecular biology research with a profound interest in natural history of wild species. His research has led to new insights into many main themes in contemporary biology, including how the immune system evolves, how reptiles and birds are related and to new statistical methods for how to use multilocus genetic data in the reconstruction of the tree of life.

Professor Edwards has been in the front line of research for decades and is an elected member for the US National Academy of Sciences and a former President for the Society for the Study of Evolution. He will lead a thematic program with the aim to stimulate research and open up new contact surfaces among scientists in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Medicine and Biology at Chalmers and Gothenburg University. We welcome everyone interested, please contact the organisers and participate in the workshops organised during his stay in April and May 2017.

Here are the themes under focus:

1. Biodiversity and macroevolution, with an emphasis on the tropics
2. Large-scale phylogenetics and phylogeography
3. Host-pathogen co-evolution in the genomic era
4. Sexual selection/sexual conflict
5. Phylogeography and recent history of populations
6. The role of museums in modern evolutionary biology

Very welcome,
GoCas organising committee

Published: Tue 27 Dec 2016. Modified: Mon 06 Mar 2017