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NIMBioS Tutorial

Evolutionary Quantitative Genetics


Topic: Evolutionary quantitative genetics

Meeting dates: August 4-9, 2014

Location: NIMBioS at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Stevan J. Arnold, Integrative Biology, Oregon State Univ.
Joe Felsenstein, Genome Sciences, Univ. of Washington, Seattle

Objectives: In this workshop, we will review the basics of theory in the field of evolutionary quantitative genetics and its connections to evolution observed at various time scales. Quantitative genetics deals with the inheritance of measurements of traits that are affected by many genes. Quantitative genetic theory for natural populations was developed considerably in the period from 1970 to 1990 and up to the present, and it has been applied to a wide range of phenomena including the evolution of differences between the sexes, sexual preferences, life history traits, plasticity of traits, as well as the evolution of body size and other morphological measurements. Textbooks have not kept pace with these developments, and currently few universities offer courses in this subject aimed at evolutionary biologists. There is a need for evolutionary biologists to understand this field because of the ability to collect large amounts of data by computer, the development of statistical methods for changes of traits on evolutionary trees and for changes in a single species through time, and the realization that quantitative characters will not soon be fully explained by genomics. This workshop aims to fill this need by reviewing basic aspects of theory and illustrating how that theory can be tested with data. Participants will learn to use R, an open-source statistical programming language, to build and test evolutionary models. The intended participants for this workshop are graduate students, postdocs, and junior faculty members in evolutionary biology.

National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) and the American Society of Naturalists

Marguerite Butler , Univ. Hawaii, Manoa
Patrick Carter, Evolutionary Physiology, Washington State Univ., Pullman
Paul Hohenlohe, Univ. of Idaho, Moscow
Adam Jones, Biology, Texas A&M Univ.
Brian O'Meara, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Univ. of Tennessee
Liam Revell, Biology, Univ. of Massachusetts, Boston
Josef Uyeda, Biological Sciences, Univ. of Idaho, Moscow

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The application process is now closed. Successful applicants will be notified within two weeks after the application deadline.

Food and lodging. Breakfast and lunch will be provided at NIMBioS each day of the tutorial, as well as coffee and mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks. NIMBioS is not covering dinner, travel, or lodging expenses for participants, but a block of rooms will be reserved at a nearby hotel. More information will be available here soon about room rates, and how participants can make reservations.

Evolutionary Quantitative Genetics WordPress Site. NIMBioS has created a WordPress site to facilitate group communication and information sharing for the tutorial. This is an interactive tool for sharing resources and comments before, during and after the meeting. All participants will receive an official email from WordPress inviting you to join the site. You will be asked to click on the link in the email from WordPress to accept the invitation. Before the meeting, we encourage you to introduce yourself to the rest of the group by writing a post with some details about your background and what you hope to gain from the meeting. Full details on how to post, comment and upload files to the WordPress site are available at the site (

The content of this tutorial will be similar to a workshop held at NESCent in 2013. For more information about that workshop, click here.

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