NUCLEAR DNA AND THE EVOLUTIONARY GENETICS OF FISHES, AMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES.
To be held at the 77th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, June 25 - July 2, 1997, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
A. M. Shedlock, Coordinator
During the past decade, the use of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) to study the phylogeny and population genetics of fishes, amphibians and reptiles has greatly proliferated, and mtDNA has arguably become the standard molecule of choice among most ichthyologists and herpetologists doing comparative molecular genetics. In addition to illustrating the broad utility of mtDNA, this wave of research has also highlighted some of it's limitations, and an increasing number of investigators are now turning to the nuclear genome to complement mitochondrial data and/or to answer evolutionary questions for which mtDNA may have less or no utility.
This symposium is designed to cover a wide variety of topics under the common theme of employing nuclear DNA to study fishes, amphibians and reptiles. This includes higher level systematic, biogeographic, and molecular evolutionary studies, including studies specifically comparing nuclear and mtDNA systems. It also includes intra-specific studies of population biology, such as those employing VNTR loci, introns, and othernuclear markers of utility below the species level. The expectations are that the symposium will not only represent a timely survey of important case studies but will also promote exchange among a broad cross-section of scientists with common interests in using molecular tools to study ichthyology and herpetology.
If you are working with the nuclear DNA of fishes, amphibians or reptiles and would like to participate in this symposium, please send your name, title, institutional address, and a brief overview of your research to Andrew M. Shedlock, University of Washington, FTR, Box 355100, Seattle, WA 98195.
Email correspondence is preferred: <shedlock at u.washington.edu>.
Thank you for your consideration.