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In the Light of Evolution X: Comparative Phylogeography

 January 8-9, 2016; Irvine, CA
 Organized by John C. Avise, Brian W. Bowen, and Francisco J. Ayala


This colloquium was held at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering in Irvine, Calfiornia on January 8-9, 2016. 

In recent decades, phylogeographic thought has bridged and thereby enriched the fields of population genetics, phylogenetics, and conservation biology. Phylogeographic perspectives emphasize a genealogical approach to intraspecific evolution and have had transformative impacts on population biology, biogeography, systematics, ecology, genetics, and biodiversity assessment.

This colloquium surveyed the current state of phylogeographic thinking in the ecological and evolutionary sciences and bring together leading scientists representing the best of what phylogeography can offer biology writ large. This Colloquium will be the tenth and final installment in what has been a series of annual colloquia under the umbrella title “In the Light of Evolution” (ILE).

In the Light of Evolution X: Comparative Phylogeography was co-sponsored by the University of California, Irvine.

Videos are available on the Sackler YouTube Channel.


I. Comparative Phylogeography in a Spatial Sense

  Overview: The ILE Series, Chair John C. Avise, University of California, Irvine

  Comparative Phylogeography in the Marine Realm, Brian W. Bowen, University of Hawaii

  Comparative Phylogeography in Continental Biotas, Brett R. Riddle, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

  Comparative Phylogeography in the Tropics, Ana Carolina Carnaval, City College of New York

  Comparative Phylogeography on Islands, Kerry L. Shaw, Cornell University

II. Comparative Phylogeography in a Genomic Sense

  Chair, Brian W. Bowen, University of Hawaii

  Genealogy and Historical Demography, John Wakeley, Harvard University

  Coalescent Computations for Multi-Species Gene Genealogies, Noah A. Rosenberg, Stanford University

  The Phylogeography-Phylogenetics Continuum In Practice, Scott V. Edwards, Harvard University

  Phylogeographic model selection leads to insight into the evolutionary history of four-eyed frogs, Bryan C. Carstens, The Ohio State University

  Keynote Address 
  Introduction, Francisco J. Ayala, University of California, Irvine

  Phylogeography and Human Cultural Diversity, Alexander Harcourt, University of California, Davis

III. Comparative Phylogeography in a Taxonomic Sense

  Chair, Ana Carolina Carnaval, City College of New York

  Evolutionary Lessons from Vertebrate Phylogeography, Kelly Zamudio, Cornell University

  Refined hypotheses based on taxon-specific traits in comparative phylogeography, L. Lacey Knowles, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

  Evolutionary Lessons from Plant Phylogeography of Western North America, Victoria L. Sork, University of California, Los Angeles

  Phylogeography of Microbial Traits, Jennifer B.H. Martiny, University of California, Irvine

IV. Comparative Phylogeography in a Relational or Historical Sense

  Chair, Scott V. Edwards, Harvard University

  The Union of Comparative Phylogeography and Landscape Genetics, Leslie J. Rissler, National Science Foundation

  A Conceptual Framework for Pylogeographic Analysis, Anne D. Yoder, Duke University

  Relationship to Ecology and Paleoecology, Beth Shapiro, University of California, Santa Cruz

  Relevance to Systematics and Conservation Biology, Oliver A Ryder, University of California, San Diego

  Concluding Remarks, John C. Avise and Francisco J. Ayala, University of California, Irvine

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