@molecologist at #Evol2013: The talks we’ll be sure to see

Paintbrush on Peruvian Ridgeline Trail - Snowbird Utah

Tomorrow evening, the Evolution meetings will get underway in Snowbird, a Utah mountain resort near Salt Lake City. Many of our contributors are going to be there, and presenting their latest work—but what about the talks we’re excited to see?

Tim: Rowan Barrett’s Dobzhansky Prize talk will be good – I’m interested to hear where he’s done since leaving UBC: “The genomics of adaptation to new environments.”

Kim: I’m definitely going to Graham Coop’s: “The coalescent with soft sweeps.”

Mark: Here is my selection: “Rapid loss of migratory behavior and physiology associated with a songbird’s recent colonization of an urban habitat: natural selection or ‘non-random drift’?” I am hoping the answer is natural selection, but I guess we will have to wait and see …

Holly: As far as “must-see” talks, I’ll have to root for iEvoBio here since I’m on the organizing committee – we’ve worked hard to line up great program focused on “big data” and the Software Bazaar is always a good chance to test out some new tools and talk with the developers. iEvoBio is much smaller than Evolution too (typically ~150 people), which makes for a good atmosphere to mix and mingle.

Jeremy: I’m excited to see Sebastian Renault’s talk “Parallel genomic evolution but not parallel speciation in annual sunflowers” — I’m not aware of any other genome-scale datasets brought to bear on multiple parallel instances of ecological divergence and/or speciation.

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Jeremy Yoder is an Assistant Professor of Biology at California State University, Northridge. He also blogs at Denim and Tweed, and tweets under the handle @jbyoder.
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