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10 travel grants are generally available for each symposium to help defray attendance costs for interested scientists. Undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs, and faculty are welcome to apply for EDEN Symposium and Workshop Travel Grants. Details on how to apply for EDEN Travel funding will be available closer to the symposium date.

4th EDEN Symposium

Bringing Eco-Evo-Devo into the 21st Century: Tool Development in Emerging Model Organisms

Venue: Society for Developmental Biology 74th Annual Meeting, Snowbird, Utah, July 9-13, 2015

Symposium Speakers

Anna Bigney, Swarthmore College

Molecular classification of Bermuda species in the genus Lobophora

Linda Gai, Swarthmore College

Using quantitative genetics to test wild-derived chromosomes for effects on evolved tooth gain in sticklebacks

Bishoy Hanna Kamel, University of California Merced

Identification and characterization of Biomineralization genes in the freshwater snail Biomphalaria glabrata

Kathryn Kavanaugh, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Shared rules of development predict patterns of evolution in vertebrate segmentation

Chris Lane, University of Rhode Island

Tracking algal biodiversity in a changing ocean

Craig Miller, University of California Berkeley

Genetic and genomic analysis of evolved tooth gain in sticklebacks

Mike Perry, New York University

Deep conservation of stochastic patterning mechanisms

Jeanne Serb, Iowa State University

Expression and comparative characterization of Gq-coupled invertebrate visual pigments reveal epistatic interactions in spectral tuning

Kimberly Shearer, Oregon State University

Testing the function of Cornus LFY and/or AP1 like genes using agrobacteria-mediated genetic transformation experiments

Frank Smith, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

The Walking Heads: Development and Evolution of the Tardigrade Body Plan

Priscila Souza Rothier Duarte, University of Sao Paolo

Morphological evolution of the autopodium in Squamata: are geckos an exception of phalanges development bias or the rule for ecological constraints?

Million Tadege, Oklahoma State University

Regulation of leaf blade outgrowth

Jenny Xiang, North Carolina State University

Dogwoods as a model for evo-devo genetic study of inflorescence morphology - tools and progresses

Lev Yampolsky, East Tennessee State University

In search of ecological subfunctionalization of duplicated genes in Daphnia

Fei Zhang, Oklahoma State University

Epigenetic Regulation of Leaf Blade Outgrowth by WOX Transcription Factors in Plants


3rd EDEN Symposium

Ecological and environmental impacts in the evolution of organismal development

Venue: Euro Evo Devo Meeting, Vienna, Austria, July 22-25, 2014

Symposium Speakers

Ehab Abouheif, McGill University

Blanche Capel, Duke University

Beverley Glover, Cambridge University

Christian Laforsch, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munich

Matt Rockman, New York University

Ralf Sommer, Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

Michael Travisano, University of Minnesota

Ilya Ruvinsky, University of Chicago


2nd EDEN Symposium

The Evolution of Gene Regulatory Networks

Venue: Evolution Meeting, Snowbird, Utah USA, June 21-25, 2013

Research in evolutionary developmental biology and developmental genetics has highlighted the importance of gene regulation in controlling developmental processes. These regulatory interactions form a complex network that can evolve over time. An emerging principle in eco-evo-devo is the idea that evolution of gene regulatory networks, not just amino acid sequences, plays an important role in adaptive evolution. The goal of the symposium is to highlight some of the recent advances in our understanding of the evolution of gene regulatory networks. The symposium will explore how regulatory evolution is fundamental to research at the frontiers of evolutionary biology, including the origin of novelties, mechanisms underlying phenotypic diversity, and evolution of life history strategies and species interactions. The Evolution meeting has been selected as the site for the symposium because it brings together scientists who address a wide range of questions in evolutionary biology.

Symposium Speakers

Richard Clark, University of Utah

Nels Elde, University of Utah

Veronica Hinman, Carnegie Mellon University

Vincent Lynch, University of Chicago

Antonia Monteiro, Yale University



1st EDEN Symposium

Understanding First Order Phenotypes: Transcriptomics for Emerging Models

Venue: Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, San Francisco, California USA, January 3-7, 2013

In order to understand the evolution of gene expression in an ecological context there are two different general approaches. The first employs genetic model organisms in creative ecological contexts. The second applies modern genomic tools to emerging model organisms that have had a long tradition in ecologically relevant contexts. The RNA sequencing techniques, tools and analyses, established in traditional genetic model organisms often require adaptations and extensions to be applied to new and emerging model systems. It is a good time to get help from pioneers using these techniques to guide and shape future applications in emerging systems. The goal of the symposium is to create productive channels for using these data in evolutionary and developmental hypothesis testing. The SICB conference has been selected as the target site for this symposium due to the Society’s focus on the integration across the many fields of specialization that occur in the broad field of biology.

Symposium Speakers

Corbin Jones, University of North Carolina

Rachel Brem, University of California, Berkeley

Jeffrey Townsend, Yale University

Chris Wheat, University of Helsinki

Antje Fischer, Marine Biological Laboratory

Jason Stajich, University of California, Riverside

Casey Dunn, Brown University

Melissa H. Pespeni, Indiana University

Gil Bejerano, Stanford University


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