Key Note Speakers

_BU_3005Jochen Wolf
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
Employs genomic techniques to understand microevolutionary processes and genetic mechanisms that underly phenotypic divergence. Study organisms include marine mammals and birds, including migratory populations of barn swallows.



Claudia Bank
Gulbenkian Institute in Portugal
Develops computational and theoretical approaches for application to next-generation sequencing data and with the goal of improving our understanding of evolution, including the evolution of DMIs in the face of gene flow.


Guojie Zhang
Section of Ecology and Evolution University of Copenhagen, Denmark
China National Gene Bank BGI-Shenzhen, China
Employs genomic techniques to understand micro- and macroevolutionary processes that underlie adaptation and speciation in both birds and insects.


DSC06022Melinda Baerwald
University of California, Davis
Uses population genetic/genomic approaches to aid in the conservation of wildlife species. Specific areas of research interest include understanding molecular mechanisms that underlie variation in migration (including epigenetic mechanisms in salmonids), predator/prey interactions, and the genetic basis of traits influenced by selection (e.g. disease resistance).


NCjayNancy Chen
University of California, Davis
Studies mechanisms that maintain genetic variation in natural populations and develops methods for population genetic inference with pedigrees. Currently investigating contemporary evolution in a long-term population of Florida Scrub-Jays, including dispersal behaviour.


MerlinWithMonarchChristine Merlin
Texas A&M University
Uses of the monarch butterfly to understand animal migration, the role of circadian clocks in regulating animal physiology and behaviour, and the evolution of animal clockwork.