IGN 9-9
A tiny spin on convergent evolution

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
336, Baltimore Convention Center
SeJin Song, University of Colorado
Valerie J. McKenzie, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO
Rob Knight, Department of Pediatrics, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA
We have long known that microbes can play an important role in animal health, yet we are just beginning to explore the full range of functions microbes provide and now appreciate that they may have been providing critical roles in the evolution of species. It therefore seems logical to ask, when an animal evolves new functional traits, do the symbiotic microbes living within the animal play an essential role for the evolution of that function? We investigate whether convergent evolution of major phenotypic features in animals has resulted in the convergence of their microbiomes.