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.

Official opening, April 19.

Press release (in Swedish)

Here are the themes under focus:

1. Biodiversity and macroevolution, with an emphasis on the tropics
April 03-13, local host: Alexandre Antonelli
This symposium will highlight evolutionary processes over deep time in the tropics, exploring links between models and empirical processes of biodiversity buildup in terrestrial ecosystems.

2. Sexual selection/sexual conflict
April 20-26, local hosts: Mats Olsson, Staffan Andersson and Lotta Kvarnemo
This symposium will explore the leading frontiers of sexual selection and sexual conflict, with an emphasis on how empirical data distinguishes different models and sources of
conflict. Programme GoCAS_Workshop_2.pdfGoCAS_Workshop_2.pdf

3. Phylogenomics and phylogeography: new models and insights from large scale data sets
May 15-19, local host: Bengt Oxelman
An overview of new models and large-­scale data sets that integrate phylogenomics and phylogeography and challenge existing paradigms.

4. Host-pathogen co-evolution in the genomic era
May 29-June 2, local host: Karin Hårding
This symposium will highlight new insights at the interface of host and pathogen revealed by modern –omics and statistical approaches.

5. The role of museums in modern evolutionary biology
June 5-9, local host: Mari Källesjö
Here we will showcase examples of museums and herbaria applying 21st century technologies to quantifying, analyzing and making accessible biodiversity records in the era of ‘big data’.

For information, contact Karin Hårding karin.harding@bioenv.gu.se, Department of Biology and Environment, University of Gothenburg

GoCas_Biodiversity_overview_v4.pdf

Very welcome,
GoCas organising committee

Published: Tue 27 Dec 2016. Modified: Mon 24 Apr 2017