Best ASIH Symposium that Never Was.

Are you going to the 2015 American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH) meetings in Reno, Nevada?
If not, then you won’t miss this symposium:
The Next-Generation: Genomic Studies of Herps and Fishes”

The ASIH Symposium Committee rejected our proposal.  The committee informed us that the field is too exploratory. They suggested that we try again after waiting two or three years to let the field develop. They also pointed out that they already have some genomics talks scheduled for 2014. They did offer us the chance to self-organize our talks into a contributed paper session, which could lead to a series of papers in Copeia.

Here’s a sneak peek at the best ASIH symposium that never was!

We proposed a joint symposium of ichthyologists and herpetologists to address the major advances in systematics and evolution that are a result of the NGS revolution. We thought that this symposium was well timed for the broader ichthyology and herpetology communities. The symposium participants would have included experts that spanned phylogenetic and population level analyses of fishes and herps, and different types of NGS methods, including RADseq, sequence capture, whole genome sequencing, and transcriptomics.

List of speakers and topics:
Mike Alfaro – (UCLA) percomorph genomics
Todd Castoe – (UT Arlington) snake genomics
Prosanta Chakrabarty – (LSU) genomics at the family level of fishes
Brant Faircloth – (UCLA) vertebrate genomics
Matt Fujita – (UT Arlington) lizard genomics
Paul Hime – (U Kentucky) amphibian genomics
Adam Leaché – (UW) population genomics
Emily Lemmon – (FSU) frog genomics
Rachel Mueller – (CSU) salamander genomics
Gavin Naylor – (College of Charleston) shark genomics
Tom Near– (Yale) percomorph genomics
Brad Schaffer (UCLA) – amphibian and turtle genomics
Laurie Sorenson – (LSU) squalomorph genomics
Erica Rosenblum – (UC Berkeley) genomics of adaptation
Sara Ruane – (AMNH) Madagascar snake phylogenomics
David Weisrock – (U Kentucky) salamander genomics


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