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The schedule has now been updated. The official program is available here.

Workshop registration is now closed. You are welcome to join us at the symposium on July 30th! Please register here so we can know to expect you.

On July 30, 2016, Colorado State University will host a symposium entitled “Genomics of Adaptation to Human Contexts” to highlight exemplar research that uses large genomic datasets to investigate ecology and evolution in the Anthropocene. The symposium will be paired with a Software Carpentry workshop (July 28-29, 2016) to train early career researchers in the essential programmatic tools needed to analyze such datasets. This symposium and accompanying workshop are jointly funded by the American Genetic Association and the Genetics Society of America. Email the organizers at adapt2humans@gmail.com!

The pervasive and multifaceted effects humans have on the environments and species around us is the prevalent story of biology in the 21st century. Humans apply selective pressures in every direction, and these pressures can have dramatic effects under relatively short, contemporary evolutionary timescales. Geneticists in traditionally disjunct fields from urban ecology to agriculture use the same tools to ask related questions: How are species adapting to human contexts? What are the effects of human-imposed selection pressures? What sources of diversity fuel rapid evolution?

Whether the species of interest is domesticated, invasive, or adapting to human alterations to its habitat, genomic datasets hold the key for understanding rapid evolutionary shifts. Early career researchers in many fields benefit from understanding the parallel and potentially complementary approaches and tools used in other fields to answer very similar questions using large genomic datasets. To handle such datasets, geneticists must gain key bioinformatic and programming skills.

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