NUCLEAR DNA AND THE EVOLUTIONARY GENETICS OF FISHES, AMPHIBIANS AND
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
Email correspondence is preferred: <shedlock at u.washington.edu>.
Thank you for your consideration.