Organisation

Genomics and collections: adaptation to macroevolution is jointly organised and funded by CSIRO's Cutting Edge Science Symposium (Leo Joseph) and the Centre for Biodiversity Analysis (Craig Moritz).

Some further background on the meeting:

The revolution in genomics technologies has meant that more than ever we can study and apply the molecular basis of adaptation, how particular genes relate to phenotype, and how adaptation drives evolutionary radiations.

Examples are the different genetic pathways evolved by birds and mammals to detect sugar, the extraordinary diversity of bill shapes in birds, the genomic architecture of colour in iconic Heliconius butterflies, or the genomics of eusociality. All of these bring new dimensions to how we understand evolution and adaptive radiations and apply that knowledge.

Researchers in natural history collections are uniquely poised to modify their practices so that they can better provide the specimen resources needed by molecular biologists and wildlife managers who wish to explore more of these connections and who can work with collections biologists to better ensure that collections meet their needs.

Bringing these diverse biologists together to strategically advance our knowledge of how organisms interact with their environments in this way stands to greatly advance our understanding of evolutionary history as well as bring a unique and potentially powerful dimension to how we manage natural populations in rapidly changing environments.

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