Wednesday, August 8, 2007: 8:00 AM-11:30 AM
A2&7, San Jose McEnery Convention Center
SYMP 11 - Linking physiological ecology, evolutionary biology, and functional genomics for understanding biotic responses to a changing environment
Physiological ecologists are in a unique position to bridge the gap between evolutionary biology and functional genomics, and this integration will be critical for predicting the responses of organisms to future global change drivers. Microarray technology, along with proteomic and metabolomic approaches, may revolutionize our ability to define mechanisms of response that are even more primary than physiological processes. This knowledge will improve predictive power when scaling from the individual to the ecosystem, which is a recently emerging goal of many global change scientists. Although the potential pay-off from inclusion of genomic approaches is high, these technologies are often not straightforward and may require extensive training. Likewise, research focusing on functional genomics will gain from collaborations with physiological ecologists and evolutionary biologists who can offer insight into expanding phenotypic analyses and assist with designing more ecologically relevant experiments. Such collaborations promise to be extremely fruitful as more genome sequences for ecological model systems (such as poplar) become available. This symposium will highlight how the integration of functional genomics into the fields of physiological ecology and evolutionary biology may be mutually beneficial to both ecologists and evolutionary biologists. Presentations will focus on current research that has successfully integrated these approaches, critical concerns for experimentation, and future opportunities with newly sequenced genomes. Our goal will be to open lines of communication between ecologists and researchers who focus on functional genomics, in the hopes of defining new questions and solutions addressing the effects of global change drivers on biota.
Organizer:Joy K. Ward, University of Kansas
Co-organizers:Stan D. Wullschleger, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Evan DeLucia, University of Illinois
Moderator:Evan DeLucia, University of Illinois
8:00 AMIntroduction
Joy K. Ward, University of Kansas
8:10 AMPhysiological ecology in the post-genomic era
Thomas Mitchell-Olds, Duke University
8:40 AMEcological genomics of adaptation in mice
Hopi E. Hoekstra, Harvard University
9:00 AMCO2-mediated effects on plant development: Lessons from gene expression studies
Clint Springer, University of Kansas
9:20 AMAdaptive evolution of flowering pathways in Arabidopsis thaliana
Johanna Schmitt, Brown University
9:40 AMBreak
9:50 AMFunctional genomics and field ecology: Mechanistic insights from microarray analysis of soybean responses to elevated [CO2]
Andrew D. B. Leakey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Fangxiu Xu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Kelly M. Gillespie, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Elizabeth A. Ainsworth, USDA/ARS & University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Stephen P. Long, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Donald R. Ort, USDA/ARS & University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
10:10 AMThe genome sequence of Daphnia for ecology and evolutionary studies
John Colbourne, Indiana University
10:30 AMTracking the response of terrestrial mesocosms to a change in a single gene: Putting ecological genomics to the test
David J. Weston, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Alistair Rogers, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Tim J. Tschaplinski, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Chris W. Schadt, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Stan D. Wullschleger, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
10:50 AMEcological genomics of adaptive responses of sunflower to the environment
Lisa Donovan, University of Georgia
11:10 AMDiscussion and Closing Remarks
Stan D. Wullschleger, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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