Landscape genomics symposium

In conjunction with the CBA-sponsored Workshop on Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics, we are hosting a one-day symposium and workshop in Canberra on Landscape Genomics.

Since its inception in 2003, the field of landscape genomics has seen a revolution in high-throughput sequencing technology, availability of high resolution geospatial datasets, and a growing number of analytical methods capable of merging these towards the advancement of spatial genomic theory.

This symposium aims to bring together top Australian and international scientists, early career researchers, and students working in the field of landscape genomics to discuss methodological and theoretical advancements as well as challenges we have faced and potential solutions for overcoming these.

Potential topics/questions of interest

  • Sampling design – moving from population to individual-based approaches
  • Spatial autocorrelation between population structure and environmental gradients – challenges of developing meaningful null models
  • Dealing with confounding issues of cryptic species and/or spatial introgression
  • Historical vs current demography/connectivity in a landscape context
  • Detecting SNP-environment associations in adaptation studies – best practices

Draft program  

  • 9-11am  Keynote speaker presentations
  • 11am-12:30pm  Contributing speaker presentations
  • 12:30-1:30pm  Lunch
  • 1:30-4pm  Group discussion around impediment slides
  • 4-5pm  Social hour – continuing discussions over drinks and food 

Keynote Speaker: Brenna Forester (Colorado State University). Brenna is a postdoctoral research fellow at Colorado State University, USA. Her research integrates spatial, environmental, genomic, and phenotypic data sets to assess and predict evolutionary potential and inform the management of threatened species. Her current research focuses on landscape and conservation genomics of imperiled amphibians. Brenna's research is furthering techniques that enable us to characterise local adaptation across species using genomic data.

Registration will open mid-June, 2019. 

Date & time

2 August 2019


Eucalyptus Seminar Room, Level 2 RN Robertson Bldg, ANU


Brenna Forester, Colorado State University
Helen Bothwell, ANU

Event series


 Claire Stephens

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