This is to invite you to mark your calendars and consider joining us at a meeting at CSIRO Discovery in Canberra this coming September. Its theme will be the interplay between collections (museums, herbaria), and genomics - but with a few twists.
Part of the meeting will address phylogenomics and collections. We hope this will appeal to all collections-based workers interested in systematics and phylogenetics.
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 biology who will be keen to use the 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.
Invited speakers so far confirmed as attending (topics not yet finalized) are:
Dr Judith Mank, University College, London; http://www.ucl.ac.uk/mank-group/
Dr Jeffrey Good, University of Montana, http://www.thegoodlab.org/
Dr Corrie Moreau, Field Museum of Natural History, http://moreaulab.org/
Dr Rick Sturm, Institute of Molecular Biosciences, http://www.imb.uq.edu.au/rick-sturm
Dr Sarah Mathews, Australian National Herbarium, CSIRO, Canberra, http://people.csiro.au/M/S/Sarah-Mathews
We hope to have more information available soon but financial assistance will be available to encourage Early Career Researchers to attend.
For more information, contact Leo Joseph, Leo.Joseph@csiro.au and Claire Stephens, Claire.Stephens@anu.edu.au