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1. Diversification in space and time

Session organizers:

Heroen Verbruggen, University of Melbourne.
Olivier De Clerck, University of Gent.

Contact E-mail: heroen.verbruggen@unimelb.edu.au

Understanding the evolutionary processes that contributed to contemporary species diversity is a major research objective in biology. Large-scale patterns of diversity, however, invariably find their origin in small changes in allele frequencies that act at the population-level. Connecting those microevolutionary processes to the macroevolutionary patterns, has remained a challenge for biologists for a long time. Progress in phylogenetic inference methods both below and above the species-level, and a quantum-leap in the technology to generate genetic data, hold the potential to bring the traditionally separated disciplines of macroecology and population genetics closer to each other.

The goal of this session is to bring together scientists that apply evolutionary models to answer questions about the diversification dynamics of marine organisms, with talks focused on both the temporal and geographic aspects of diversification. We will aim to have a set of complementary talks spanning the spectrum from microevolutionary processes focusing on local adaption to large-scale macroevolutionary patterns.


Olivier DeClerck - Diversification of the brown algal order Dictyotales

Shruti Malviya - Unfolding the global biodiversity patterns of marine planktonic diatom communities in the world oceans

Katja Peijnenburg - Resolving the evolutionary relationships of pteropods with phylogenomic tools

Niclas Engene - Phylogenetic tools for resolving species and secondary metabolite diversification in marine cyanobacteria

Richard Coleman - From spawning to settlement: Identifying fine-scale connectivity in the Convict Tang, Acanthurus triostegus, across Oʻahu

Andrew Foote - The effect of range expansions and secondary contact on killer whale genomic diversity

Per Erik Jorde - Stable coexistence of genetically divergent Atlantic cod ecotypes at multiple spatial scales

Conny Sjöqvist - A metagenome approach for the study of intra-specific variation in bacterioplankton species

Amanda Xuereb - Asymmetric oceanographic processes and environmental conditions mediate connectivity and spatial patterns of genetic variation in the giant California sea cucumber

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