[S13] Modern quantitative genetics and the study of adaptation

The process of adaptation is at the core of numerous current questions within evolutionary biology, for example: How will species cope with rapid climate change and habitat destruction? How does a shared genome adapt to conflicting selection between the sexes or across ontogeny? How do co-evolutionary dynamics proceed between host and parasite, disease and medicine, predator and prey, or conspecifics? Quantitative genetic methods can offer useful insight to these questions and major recent advances in quantitative genetics on empirical, theoretical, and analytical fronts will stimulate new and valuable progress in understanding the process of adaptation. This symposium will be an opportunity to explore recent advances (for example, the improving genomic toolsets available for quantitative genetic studies), and their potential applications to important evolutionary questions. We will select contributors from broad backgrounds whose work revolves around quantitative genetics and/or adaptation, with an aim to encourage cross-discipline discussion.
Organizers: Robert Griffin, Fiona Ingleby
Invited speakers: Mark Blows, Anne Charmantier