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Our first symposium on the evolutionary Genomics of Adaptation will take place June 1 - 3, 2018 at the University of Montana Flathead Lake Biological Station in Polson, Montana.




Registration and other logistical queries can be directed to Michelle Quinn ( or any of the symposium organizers (see below).



Symposium Overview:
The aims of the symposium are to 1.) share advances on genome-to-phenome connections and the genetic basis of adaptive traits, 2.) to use these insights to inform effective conservation and resource management strategies, and 3.) explore the ethical difficulties surrounding the use of emerging biotechnologies in conservation biology. As a result, the symposium will be interdisciplinary, involving evolutionary geneticists, ecologists, conservation biologists, and resource managers, as well as ethicists and social scientists. In addition to a full scientific program, the symposium will also feature a half-day interdisciplinary panel discussion and workshop on the ethics of genomic interventions for solving conservation challenges. This workshop will led by ethicists and philosophers with biologists serving as advisors on “what is possible”.

Registration Fee: Meals will be provided on site. Registration fees cover dinner on the evening of June 1, three catered meals on June 2 and 3 as well as coffee and snacks at breaks and mixers. 

Students/Postdocs - $250 (before Mar. 15, 2018); $400 (after Mar. 15, 2018)

Faculty/Other professionals - $350 (before Mar. 15, 2018); $500 (after Mar. 15, 2018)

A variety of lodging options are also available on site. These options range from $29 - $65 day. Details on accommodation options can be found here. Accommodations options can be selected and paid for upon registration.

Invited Speakers: This year’s symposium will feature talks by keynote speakers, Sally Aitken (University of British Columbia), Benjamin Blackman (UC Berkeley), Nancy Chen (University of Rochester), and Mike Shapiro (University of Utah), as well as talks by symposium organizers and other invited talks selected from submitted abstracts.

Location and travel: The Flathead Biological Station is located in northwestern Montana, about an 1.5hr drive from Glacier National Park - early June is a fantastic time to visit! 

Organizers: Zac Cheviron (University of Montana), Lila Fishman (University of Montana), Jeff Good (University of Montana), Scott Mills (University of Montana), Kristi Montooth (University of Nebraska), Colin Meiklejohn (University of Nebraska) and Jay Storz (University of Nebraska)