6th Annual Symposium
November 14 - 16, 2008
in Kansas City
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Ecological Genomics Journal Club

Genomics for Ecologists and 
Ecology for Geneticists and Molecular Biologists

Theme: Spanning the Biological Hierarchy from Genes to Ecosystems

The Ecological Genomics Journal Club encourages involvement from new participants in a variety of disciplines. The Ecological Genomics Journal Club meets on Tuesdays, at 4:00 p.m. in 324A Ackert Hall.  The group discusses papers, research and ideas at the intersection of ecology and genomics.  Anyone interested in this emerging field is encouraged to attend.

Schedule for Journal Club, Spring, 2008

Date Name Topic
1/22/2008 Ted Morgan

Organizational meeting

1/29/2008 Mike Herman

What is a gene, post-ENCODE? History and updated definition

2/5/2008 Ted Morgan

Widespread Genetic Incompatibility in C. Elegans Maintained by Balancing Selection

2/12/2008 Conflicting Activities No Journal Club this week
2/19/2008 Lindsey Fallis Positive Selection Near an Inversion Breakpoint on The Neo-X Chromosome of Drosophila americana
2/26/2008 Mark Ungerer  
3/4/2008 Joe Coolon

Regulatory changes underlying expression differences within and between Drosophila species

3/11/2008 Bradley Hartman-Bakken

Evolution of alternative transcriptional circuits with identical logic

3/18/2008 Spring Break No Journal Club this week
3/25/2008 Kun Yan Zhu Revisiting the protein-coding gene catalog of Drosophila melanogaster using 12 fly genomes
4/1/2008 Ted Morgan Adaptive variation in beach mice produced by two interacting pigmentation genes
4/8/2008 Giridara-Kumar Surabhi

Application of proteomics to ecology and population biology

4/15/2008 Mike Westphal

Identifying footprints of directional and balancing selection in marine and freshwater three-spined stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) populations


Loretta Johnson

Review proposal
4/29/2008 Anna Whitfield A virus in a fungus in a plant:  Three-way symbiosis required for thermal tolerance
5/6/2008 Ying Zhen

Evolution of metal hyperaccumulation required cis-regulatory changes and triplication of HMA4


Part 1: 
Developing a common language to begin a dialogue between ecologists and genetics/molecular biologists.

  • Discussion of review articles about ecological and evolutionary genomics. What is it? Why do it?

  • What can molecular biologists gain from placing studies in an ecological context?

  • What can ecologists gain by using the molecular biologist's toolbox?

Several guest lectures to introduce molecular biology to ecologists, and ecology for molecular biologists.

Part 2: 
Discussion of key papers illustrating different approaches to ecological and evolutionary genomics.

An ecologist and geneticist can team up to discuss and give their perspectives on the following topics:

  1. Model vs. non-model organisms: Are model organisms a useful tool for ecological studies?

  2. Microarray analyses: What are they and how can they be used?

  3. Candidate genes: What are they and how can they be used?

  4. Analysis of mutants and transgenics: Do they have a place in ecological genomics?

  5. Natural genetic variation: Is it essential for the study of ecological genomics?

  6. Molecular tools for systematics and evolutionary phylogenies

  7. What is community genetics? Why are ecologists interested in it?

  8. Value and limitations for spanning biological hierarchy from genes to ecology

Part 3: 
Discussion and synthesis of this newly emerging field. What are its successes and limitations? Where do we go from here?

Students can receive 2 credit hours by enrolling in BIOL 890 Ecological Genomics. In order to receive 2 credit hours, students will be required to participate in discussions, present papers and write a final 5-10 page paper.

     Ecological Genomics Institute Directors:
     Loretta Johnson
   KSU Division of Biology
   Voice: (785) 532-6921
   E-mail: johnson@ksu.edu
   Web: http://www.ksu.edu/johnsonlab
Michael Herman
KSU Division of Biology
Voice: (785) 532-6741
E-mail: mherman@ksu.edu
Web:  http://www.ksu.edu/hermanlab

6th Annual Symposium
November 14 - 16, 2008
in Kansas City
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Genes in Ecology, Ecology in Genes Symposium
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