In collaboration with CSIRO NRCA, the theme for our 2017 conference is the interplay between genomics and collections (museums and herbaria).
For evolutionary biologists, natural history collections are an immense resource of genomes and phenotypes connected to time and place. For museum and herbarium scientists, new genomic capabilities are becoming real game-changers in how these collections are being used and valued.
A collections meeting with a difference
Part of the meeting will address phylogenomics and collections highlighting key advances, from understanding how species form to major clade radiations.
The other part of the meeting will address collections and adaptation. We want collections-based biologists, genomicists and evolutionary biologists to come together and talk about steering a course to future collaborations that will see museum and herbarium collections play more of a role in understanding adaptation.
If your work is cut out dealing with systematics and phylogeny, consider how disentangling historical markers from functionally significant and adaptive markers in the age of genomics is as important as it’s ever been. Think about how working in a collection puts you in the perfect position to work productively with genomicists and evolutionary biologists who will be keen to use specimens in the collections to achieve a more complete understanding of evolution, both in terms of phylogenetics and adaptation/function.
If you are more a molecular biologist, genomicist or evolutionary biologist who may not have worked much with collections, come and tell us how you think the diversity of specimens in collections (from traditional dried specimens to cryofrozen tissue samples and RnaLater samples) could promote your work and what you might want collections workers to do differently when they acquire specimens into the future.
- Jeffrey Good, University of Montana
- Michael Harvey, Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan
- Judith Mank, University College London
- Sarah Mathews, Australian National Herbarium, CSIRO
- Corrie Moreau, Illinois Field Museum of Natural History
- Emily Moriarty Lemmon, Florida State University
- Craig Moritz, Australian National University
- Rick Sturm, University of Queensland
- Paul Sunnucks, Monash University
- Simon Tierney, Western Sydney University