Metazoan Phylogeny Symposia, Boston, January '98

Damhnait McHugh dmchugh at oeb.harvard.edu
Tue Dec 9 17:34:54 EST 1997


Two symposia on the topics of metazoan phylogeny and the evolution of
development will be hosted by the Society for Integrative and Comparative
Biology (formerly American Society of Zoologists) at the Boston Marriott
Copley Place, January 5th - 7th, 1998.  Information about the meeting is
available at http://www.sicb.org/public/meetings/index.html and the
schedule for the symposia appears below.

 All the best, Damhnait McHugh

Symposium I

EVOLUTIONARY RELATIONSHIPS OF METAZOAN PHYLA:
ADVANCES, PROBLEMS, AND APPROACHES

***--- DAY ONE ---***

8:00 am  McHUGH, D. Harvard University.
- Introductory remarks

8:10 am  RAFF, R.A.  Indiana University, Bloomington.
- Evolution of developmental processes and body plans

9:00 am  NAGY, L.M.  University of Arizoan, Tucson
- Changing patterns of gene regulation in the evolution of arthropod
morphology

9:30 am  HOLLAND, P.W.H.  University of Reading, U.K.
- Major transitions in animal evolution: a developmental genetic
perspective

10:00 am ---coffee break---

10:15 am  BALAVOINE, G.
- Segmentation and the genesis of the HOX complex

10:45 am WRAY, C.Philips Academy, Andover
- Integrating molluscan developmental genetics into phylum level systematic
investigations

11:15 am BOORE, J.L.  University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
- Gene rearrangements define the earliest branches of metazoan evolution

11:45 am---lunch break---

1:00 pm  LAKE, J.A.  U.C. Los Angeles
- Evolution of multicellular animals

1:30 pm  WINNEPENNINCKX, B. Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium
- 18S rRNA and metazoan phylogeny

2:00 pm GAREY, J.R.  Duquesne University, Pittsburgh
- The pivotal role of "minor" phyla in understanding animal evolution

2:30 pm---coffee break---

2:45 pm McHUGH, D.  Harvard University, Cambridge.
- Protostome phylogeny: the evolution of segmentation and the diversity of
body plans

3:15 pm  REGIER, J.C. and SHULTZ, J.  University of Maryland, College Park
- Resolving arthropod phylogeny using multiple nuclear genes

3:45 am HALANYCH, K.  Rutgers University, New Brunswick.
- Assessing phylogenetic signal in molecular studies of metazoan phylogeny.


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7:30 pm  CONWAY MORRIS, S.  University of Cambridge, U.K.
- The Cambrian explosion: reconciling paleontological and molecular data
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***--- DAY TWO ---***

8:00 am  HALANYCH, K.  Rutgers University, New Brunswick
- Introductory remarks

8:10 am  NIELSEN, C.  University of Copenhagen, Denmark
- Morphology: from ultrastructure to Bauplan, from zygote to adult

9:00 am  FAUCHALD, K. and ROUSE, G.  Smithsonian Institution, D.C. and
University of Sydney, Australia - Cladistics and the Polychaeta

9:30 am  MOOI, R.  California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco.
- Evolution within a bizarre phylum: advances in understanding skeletal
homologies of the earliest echinoderms

10:00 am ---coffee break---

10:15 am  WAGGONER, B.  University of California, Berkeley.
- Interpreting the earliest metazoan fossils: what can we learn?

10:45 pm EERNISSE, D.  California State University, Fullerton
- Bilaterian animal relationships based on combined analysis of morphology
and DNA sequences

11:15 am WRAY, G. and LEVINTON, J.  State University of New York,
Stonybrook. - Implications of a deep Precambrian divergence of the animal
phyla



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Symposium II

Development and Evolutionary Perspectives On Major Transformations in Body
Organization Wednesday, January 7, 1998  8:45 AM - 12:00 PM Location:
Salons A/B

8:45 AM
Introduction to the symposium.

9:00 AM      613          ERWIN, D.H., Smithsonian Institution, Washington,
DC. -The origin of body plans.

9:30 AM      614          WRAY, G.A.* and C.J. LOWE. State Univ. New York,
Stony Brook. - The origin and diversification of echinoderms: new roles for
old genes.

10:00 AM     COFFEE BREAK

10:30 AM     615          HOLLAND, L.Z., N.D. HOLLAND*, N.A. WILLIAMS and
M.KENE, Univ. of California San Diego, La Jolla, Reading Univ., U.K. and
Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles. -  How did the vertebrates get
their segments? The view from amphioxus.

11:00 AM     616          SHIMELD, S.M., Univ. of Reading, UK.
- Conservation and innovation: the evolution of pattern formation in the
craniate neural tube.

11:30 AM     617          CARROLL, S. Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison.
- Hox genes and the evolution of animal body patterns.

Wednesday, January 7, 1998  1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Salons A/B

1:30 PM      618          PANGANIBAN, G. Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison.
- The origin and evolution of animallimbs.

2:00 PM      619          WILLIAMS, T.A. Univ. of Texas, Austin.

- What can morphogenesis tell us about evolutionary transformations in
arthropod limbs?

2:30 PM      620          TAUTZ, D.*, M. KLINGLER, R.SCHRODER, and C.
WOLFF. Univ.of Munich, Germany.
- Conservation and divergence of the segmentation gene hierarchy in
insects.

3:00 PM      COFFEE BREAK

3:30 PM      621          COATES, M.I.* and M.J. COHN. Univ. College
London, UK.
- Outgrowths and axial patterning in vertebrate evolution.

4:00 PM      622          TABIN, C.J.* and E. LAUFER.Harvard Medical
School, Boston, MA.
- Parallels between the genetic networks patterning the vertebrate and
insect appendages.

4:30 PM      623          WAGNER, G.P.*, P. KAHN, G.NAYLOR, M. BLANCO, and
B.Y. MISOF. Yale Univ., New Haven, CT. - Evolution of Hoxa-11 expression in
amphibians: Is the salamander autopod an innovation?



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Damhnait McHugh
Assistant Professor of Biology
Assistant Curator in Invertebrate Zoology
Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Museum of Comparative Zoology
Harvard University
26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Tel: (617) 495-2459
FAX: (617) 495-5667
e-mail: dmchugh at oeb.harvard.edu


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