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Speciation
Gordon Research Conference

Progress, Synthesis and Integration at the Frontiers of Speciation Research

Dates

February 19-24, 2017

Location

Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco
Lucca (Barga), Italy

Organizers

Chair:
Ake Brannstrom

Vice Chair:
Rebecca Safran

Meeting Description

The GRC on Speciation 2017 is the world's largest conference on speciation research. It continues a tradition of international conferences on speciation research that was initiated by the European Research Networking Programme Frontiers of Speciation Research (FroSpects). The three conferences held thus far, in 2010, 2013, and 2015, have facilitated bridge-building between disparate approaches to speciation research and have attracted hundreds of participants from all facets of speciation research. The first two conferences were organized by FroSpects and the conference is since 2015 sponsored and organized through Gordon Research Conferences (GRC).

Two key factors set the 2017 Speciation GRC apart from other conferences in the field. First, as for all GRCs, the conference strongly emphasizes presentation of unpublished results and ample time for discussion and networking. To help participants place the recent progress into context, each session will start with an easily accessible introduction by the discussion leader. Second, building on the heritage from FroSpects five years of operation, the conference aims to integrate, synthesize, and build bridges between directions and approaches in modern speciation research. This aim permeates the selection of speakers in all sessions and is the explicit basis for the opening and closing session.

Providing further opportunities for young researchers, the conference will be directly preceded by a two-day Gordon Research Seminar (GRS), co-chaired by Amanda Hund and Laurel Symes, that allows early-career scientists the chance to get involved at the forefronts of modern speciation research. Participants of the GRS will engage in scientific discussions on salient topics of interest, thereby gaining knowledge and confidence for their participation in the following GRC. In addition to the direct benefit for young researchers, the GRS also helps ensure that the conference will be attended by speciation researchers from all career stages from recent PhD students to respected authorities and leading international experts on speciation research.

Related Meeting

This GRC was held in conjunction with the "Speciation" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.

Contributors

Meeting Program

Sunday
4:00 pm - 8:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmChallenges and Opportunities
Discussion Leader: Ake Brannstrom (Umea University, Sweden)
7:40 pm - 7:50 pmOpening Remarks
7:50 pm - 8:20 pmUlf Dieckmann (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria)
"Adaptive Speciation"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmAxel Meyer (University of Konstanz, Germany)
"Genomics of Adaptation and Speciation in the Repeated Radiations of Cichlid Fishes"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmKerry Shaw (Cornell University, USA)
"Preference Behavior and Speciation"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Monday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmBehaviour, Sexual Selection, and Speciation
Discussion Leader: Tamra Mendelson (University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA)
9:00 am - 9:20 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader: The Link Between Sexual Selection and Reproductive Isolation Is Not Straightforward
9:20 am - 9:50 amBrian Langerhans (North Carolina State University, USA)
"More than Mate Choice: Postmating Sexual Selection and Prezygotic Reproductive Isolation"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amMike Ritchie (University of St. Andrews, United Kingdom)
"Genomic Signatures of Sexual Selection in Speciation"
10:30 am - 10:40 amDiscussion
10:40 am - 11:15 amCoffee Break
11:15 am - 11:45 amMaria Servedio (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA)
"Patterns of Divergence over Time: The Effects of Mate Choice Mechanisms"
11:45 am - 12:00 pmDiscussion
12:00 pm - 12:30 pmPoster Previews
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:30 pmFree Time
3:00 pm - 4:00 pmPower Hour
The GRC Power Hour is an optional informal gathering open to all meeting participants. It is designed to help address the challenges women face in science and support the professional growth of women in our communities by providing an open forum for discussion and mentoring.
Organizer: Rebecca Safran (University of Colorado Boulder, USA)
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pm - 8:00 pmMechanisms of Reproductive Isolation
Discussion Leader: Daniel Matute (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA)
6:00 pm - 6:20 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader: The Genetic Basis of Reproductive Isolation
6:20 pm - 6:50 pmFlorence Debarre (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France)
"A Null Model of Speciation by Reproductive Isolation"
6:50 pm - 7:10 pmDiscussion
7:10 pm - 7:40 pmRobin Hopkins (Harvard University, USA)
"Measuring Selection and Gene Flow During Reinforcement"
7:40 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pmDinner
Tuesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmIntrogression and Hybrid Speciation
Session in memory of Richard Harrison.
Discussion Leader: Sean Mullen (Boston University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:20 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader: Hybrid Zones and the Evolutionary Process
9:20 am - 9:50 amErik Dopman (Tufts University, USA)
"Independence and Intersection During the Buildup of Reproductive Isolation in Ostrinia Moths"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCarole Smadja (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France)
"Genomics of Reinforcement in the House Mouse"
10:30 am - 10:40 amDiscussion
10:40 am - 11:15 amCoffee Break
11:15 am - 11:45 amScott Taylor (University of Colorado Boulder, USA)
"Natural Selection and the Maintenance of Species Boundaries in Hybridizing Birds"
11:45 am - 11:55 amDiscussion
11:55 am - 12:15 pmTalk Selected from the GRS
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:30 pmFree Time
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pm - 8:00 pmExplaining Patterns of Species Richness
Discussion Leader: Michael Alfaro (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
6:00 pm - 6:20 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader: Reconciling Diverse Perspectives on Species Richness Dynamics: Progress and Challenges
6:20 pm - 6:50 pmTiago Quental (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil)
"Paleontological Perspective on Biodiversity and Speciation Dynamics"
6:50 pm - 7:10 pmDiscussion
7:10 pm - 7:40 pmHelene Morlon (Ecole Normale Superieure, France)
"Recent Developments in Phylogenetic Comparative Methods and Their Implications for Our Understanding of Species Richness Patterns"
7:40 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pmDinner
Wednesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmSources of Divergent Selection
Discussion Leader: Martine Maan (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
9:00 am - 9:20 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader: The Explanatory Power of Extrinsic Factors
9:20 am - 9:50 amKatie Wagner (University of Wyoming, USA)
"On Intrinsic Versus Extrinsic Factors as Drivers of Divergence"
9:50 am - 10:05 amDiscussion
10:05 am - 10:35 amPim Edelaar (Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Spain)
"Divergent Selection Pressures and Then What? Population Versus Individual Solutions, and What It Might Mean for Reproductive Isolation"
10:35 am - 10:45 amDiscussion
10:45 am - 11:20 amCoffee Break
11:20 am - 11:50 amSander van Doorn (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
"All Sources of Divergent Selection Are Equal (but Some of Its Targets Are More Equal than Others)"
11:50 am - 12:00 pmDiscussion
12:00 pm - 12:30 pmPoster Previews
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:30 pmFree Time
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pm - 8:00 pmExperimental Approaches to Speciation
Discussion Leader: Daniel Ortiz-Barrientos (University of Queensland, Australia)
6:00 pm - 6:20 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader: Constraints and Drivers of Speciation
6:20 pm - 6:50 pmRowan Barrett (McGill University, Canada)
"Testing Ecological Barriers to Speciation: A Case Study in Anolis Lizards"
6:50 pm - 7:10 pmDiscussion
7:10 pm - 7:40 pmDaven Presgraves (University of Rochester, USA)
"Sex Chromosomes, Conflict, and Complex Speciation in Drosophila"
7:40 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pmDinner
Thursday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 am - 9:00 amBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the Next Vice Chair; Fill in Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss Future Site and Scheduling Preferences; Election of the Next Vice Chair
9:00 am - 12:30 pmAdvances in Speciation Genomics
Discussion Leader: Patrik Nosil (University of Sheffield, United Kingdom)
9:00 am - 9:20 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader: Genomic Insights into the Dynamics of Speciation
9:20 am - 9:50 amPhiline Feulner (Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Switzerland)
"Whitefish Genomics: Divergence of Large Duplicated Genomes"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amZach Gompert (Utah State University, USA)
"Hybridization and the Genomics of Speciation"
10:30 am - 10:40 amDiscussion
10:40 am - 11:15 amCoffee Break
11:15 am - 11:45 amCheng-Ruei Lee (National Taiwan University, Taiwan)
"Genomic Variation in Arabidopsis thaliana: Ice-Age Relicts Versus Global Weed"
11:45 am - 11:55 amDiscussion
11:55 am - 12:15 pmTalk Selected from the GRS
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:30 pmFree Time
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pm - 8:00 pmIntegrative Perspectives
Discussion Leader: Ole Seehausen (Institute of Ecology and Evolution, University of Bern, Switzerland)
6:00 pm - 6:20 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader: Breaking Limits on the Rapid Origins of Large Species Richness
6:20 pm - 6:50 pmTrevor Price (University of Chicago, USA)
"Limits on Rates of Evolution of Reproductive Isolation, and of Speciation"
6:50 pm - 7:10 pmDiscussion
7:10 pm - 7:40 pmDmitry Filatov (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
"Are 'Adaptive Radiations' Adaptive?"
7:40 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pmDinner
Friday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture
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