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Speciation (GRS)
Gordon-Kenan Research Seminar

Progress, Synthesis and Integration at the Frontiers of Speciation Research


February 18-19, 2017


Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco
Lucca (Barga), Italy


Amanda K. Hund & Laurel Symes

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) on Speciation is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas. This two-day meeting is followed by the Gordon Research Conference on Speciation, co-chaired by Åke Brännström and Rebecca Safran, and participants are encouraged to attend and present at both. As with all Gordon Conferences, these meetings will strongly emphasize the presentation of unpublished results with ample time for discussion and networking.

The focus of this meeting is to integrate, synthesize, and build bridges across directions and approaches in speciation research. It aims to facilitate the involvement and collaboration of early-career scientists at the forefront of modern speciation research. Participants of the GRS will present their research and engage in scientific discussions, thereby gaining knowledge and confidence for their participation in the Gordon Research Conference on Speciation. This is a unique opportunity for young researchers to present their work, share ideas, and build connections with their colleagues and with respected authorities and leading international experts on speciation research.

Related Meeting

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


Final Meeting Program

1:30 pm - 4:30 pmArrival and Check-in
3:00 pm - 3:15 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:15 pm - 4:00 pmHybrid Zones and Introgression
Discussion Leader: Kira Delmore (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Germany)
3:15 pm - 3:30 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
3:30 pm - 3:40 pmStefan Dennenmoser (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Germany)
"Copy Number Increases of Transposable Elements and Protein Coding Genes in an Invasive Fish of Hybrid Origin"
3:40 pm - 3:45 pmDiscussion
3:45 pm - 3:55 pmMurielle Ålund (Uppsala University, Sweden)
"Females Discriminate Against Heterospecific Sperm in a Natural Hybrid Zone"
3:55 pm - 4:00 pmDiscussion
4:00 pm - 5:30 pmPoster Session
5:30 pm - 7:30 pmGenetics and Genomics of Speciation
Discussion Leader: Aaron Comeault (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA)
5:30 pm - 5:45 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
5:45 pm - 6:00 pmLeonardo Campagna (Cornell University, USA)
"Repeated Divergent Selection on Pigmentation Genes in a Rapid Finch Radiation Driven by Sexual Selection"
6:00 pm - 6:05 pmDiscussion
6:05 pm - 6:20 pmJonna Kulmuni (University of Helsinki, Finland)
"Haplodiploids Offer a Window into Processes of Speciation that Are Hidden in Diploids"
6:20 pm - 6:25 pmDiscussion
6:25 pm - 6:40 pmSimon Martin (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
"Selection Against Introgression Shapes Species Boundaries Among Heliconius Butterflies"
6:40 pm - 6:45 pmDiscussion
6:45 pm - 7:00 pmMarina Rafajlovic (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
"A Universal Mechanism Generating Clusters of Differentiated Loci During Divergence with Migration"
7:00 pm - 7:05 pmDiscussion
7:05 pm - 7:20 pmMoritz Muschick (University of Bern / Eawag - Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Switzerland)
"Fossils and Ancient DNA Shed Light on the Diversification of East African Cichlids"
7:20 pm - 7:25 pmDiscussion
7:25 pm - 7:30 pmGeneral Discussion
8:00 pmDinner
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amEcological Speciation and Sources of Divergent Selection
Discussion Leader: Richard Merrill (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
9:00 am - 9:15 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:15 am - 9:30 amMeredith Cenzer (Florida State University, USA)
"Gene Flow Between Locally Adapted Populations Results in Maladaptive Plasticity"
9:30 am - 9:35 amDiscussion
9:35 am - 9:50 amJonathan Drury (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
"Allopatric Divergence - Not Reinforcement - Shapes Signal Trait Evolution in Tanagers"
9:50 am - 9:55 amDiscussion
9:55 am - 10:10 amMarkus Moest (University of Innsbruck, Austria)
"Selection and Gene Flow at Major Colour Pattern Loci in Mimetic Heliconius Butterflies"
10:10 am - 10:15 amDiscussion
10:15 am - 10:30 amDiana Rennison (University of Bern, Switzerland)
"Survival in a Cutthroat World: Estimating Natural Selection on Armor Phenotypes and Genotypes in Threespine Stickleback"
10:30 am - 10:35 amDiscussion
10:35 am - 10:50 amAllison Fritts-Penniman (California Academy of Sciences, USA)
"Integrating Micro- and Macroevolutionary Approaches to Understand the Role of Ecology in Generating Coral Reef Biodiversity"
10:50 am - 10:55 amDiscussion
10:55 am - 11:00 amGeneral Discussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmBehavior, Sexual Selection and Reproductive Isolation
Discussion Leader: Elizabeth Scordato (University of Colorado Boulder, USA)
1:30 pm - 1:45 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
1:45 pm - 2:00 pmAlycia Lackey (Murray State University, USA)
"Evolution of Reproductive Isolation in Stickleback Fish"
2:00 pm - 2:05 pmDiscussion
2:05 pm - 2:20 pmDavid Wheatcroft (Uppsala University, Sweden)
"Divergence of Song Perception and Maintaining Reproductive Barriers in Songbirds"
2:20 pm - 2:25 pmDiscussion
2:25 pm - 2:30 pmGeneral Discussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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