In this symposium we aim to bring together international researchers who have conducted genetic and genomic research on convergent evolution to explain repeated similarities in species differences and parallel evolved adaptations. The recent revolution in next-generation long-read DNA-sequencing techniques has propelled the fields of genomics and evolutionary biology and made it now possible to find genes that led to genome-wide patterns of differentiation during the repeated origin of species as well as to investigate the genetic/genomic basis of parallel evolved adaptations (i.e. convergent evolution).
The development of these new methods to collect and analyze such vast genomic data sets has been extremely rapid. Although costs for the generation of genomic sequences are coming down rapidly, they constitute still a significant expense. Also sophisticated comparative genomic and population genomic expertise is necessary as well as powerful bioinformatic infrastructure, to analyze such big data sets. Therefore, usually large collaborative networks and large genomic/bioinformatic facilities are necessary to tackle these important problems in evolutionary biology. Moreover, neither all such equipment nor analytical/theoretical expertise is rarely available in individual laboratories. Communication between evolutionary biologists, experts in bioinformatics and genome researchers often still is less than perfect and would surely benefit from the exchange of ideas and mutual exposures to methodologies.
– Hopi E. Hoekstra – Harvard University
– Rosemary Gillespie – University of California, Berkeley
– Catherine Peichel – Universität Bern
Professor Axel Meyer, Ph.D.
Lehrstuhl für Zoologie/Evolutionsbiologie