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Systematics and the Origin of Species. On Ernst Mayr's 100th Anniversary

Organized by Jody Hey, Walter M. Fitch, and Francisco J. Ayala

December 16-18, 2004
Irvine, CA

Meeting Overview:
The Sackler Colloquium Systematics and the Origin of Species. On Ernst Mayr's 100th Anniversary was held on December 16-18, 2004. The Colloquium celebrated the 100th birthday of the eminent evolutionist Ernst Mayr and the 62nd anniversary of the publication of his Systematics and the Origin of Species (1942), one of the four books often considered as the foundations of the modern theory of evolution. The Colloquium explored the main topics in Mayr's book and examined the same (and related) issues in the light of current science, although the focus was be on speciation, rather than on systematics.

 

Session I: The Nature of Species
Francisco J. Ayala, University of California, Irvine
Introduction and Chair

Gene Flow, Structured Populations, and Species Cohesion in the Cichlids of Lake Malaw
Jody Hey, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

Genetic Basis of Reproductive Isolation and of Species Difference
Allen Orr, University of Rochester

Natural Selection, Conflicts, Recombination and Speciation
William Rice, University of California, Santa Barbara

Mayr, Dobzhansky, and Bush: A Golden Braid of Biogeography, Inversions, Clines and Sympatric Speciation
Jeffrey Feder, University of Notre Dame

 

Session II: Functional Diversification
James Lake, University of California, Los Angeles, Chair

Molecular Perspectives on Speciation Processes in Bird
Scott V. Edwards, Harvard University

Developmental Plasticity and Evolutionary Innovation
Mary Jane West-Eberhard, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Costa Rica

Genetics and Genomics of Drosophila Mating Behavior
Trudy MacKay, North Carolina State University, Raleigh

Functional Variation Across the Genome
Anthony Long, University of California, Irvine

Banquet Lecture
Marty Jane West-Eberhard, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Costa Rica, Introduction

The Future of Evolutionary Biology
Edward O. Wilson, Harvard University

 

Session III: Biodiversity, Systematics and Evolutionary Processes
Jody Hey, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Chair

Phylogenies and Biodiversity
Steve Palumbi, Stanford University

Evolution of Diversity in Ancient Ecosystems
James Lake, University of California, Los Angeles

Genomes and Phylogeny
Monica Medina, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Systematics and Species Concept
Kevin de Queiroz, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC

 

Session IV: Modes of Speciation
Walter Fitch, University of California, Irvine, Chair

Speciation from Mosquitoes to Humans: Chromosomal Rearrangements and Genic Diversification
Francisco J. Ayala, University of California, Irvine

A Multidimensional View of Speciation in Lemurs and Other Malagasy Vertebrate
Anne Yoder, Yale University

Coevolution and Speciation in Figs and Fig Wasp
Carlos Machado, University of Arizona, Tucson

The Boundaries of Bacterial Species in Light of Lateral Gene Transfer
Howard Ochman, University of Arizona, Tucson

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