molecular genomics

ecosystem impacts

global change

mutations 2 global change (m2gc)

This is a journal club / seminar series based at Carnegie & Stanford.

We aim to bring together molecular biologists, evolutionary geneticists, epidemiologists, ecologists, and climate scientists, and analyze frontier research to anticipate biological changes that can affect human or ecosystem health in a changing world, and brainstorm about potential solutions.

> Meeting flexibly either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday every week in the Carnegie library room (1st floor Carnegie Plant Biology historic building). To be up-to-date with rooms and times, access our m2gc calendar

> Join email list for announcements by sending a blank email to or contact Moi.

> Moi Exposito-Alonso (

SCHEDULE (updated as speakers/papers are confirmed)

  • Oct 17 2019 (1.30pm Carnegie Library room) we will have a videoconference with Ruth Shaw (U Minnesota) and discuss her paper ( on the limits of evolutionary prediction. This paper is also a great introduction to a century of mathematical population genetics.
  • Oct 24 2019 (9am Carnegie Global Ecology conference room) will feature a videoconference talk by Richard Neher (Basel Biozentrum) and we will discuss his platform ( This is a virus evolution monitoring website feeding from global clinical datasets that uses phylogenetics to predict the next infectious strains.
  • [ Two weeks where we will join two talks, one by Moi (Oct 30 12pm MSOB X303) on the latest paper of genomic predictions under climate change (, and another from Chris Kyriazis (UCLA) (Nov 6 12pm Clark S360) in unintended maladaptation consequences of genetic restoration of threatened populations ( ]
  • Nov 21 (11am Carnegie Seminar room) will feature a talk by Valentino Gantz (UC San Diego) on his co-invention, CRISPR gene drives (, to "control" species demographic and evolutionary fates.
  • Nov 26 2019 will feature a videoconference talk from Tom Crowther (ETH) and we will discuss the recent global restoration projection paper (, which recently proposed 0.9 billion hectares of canopy cover could be restored to sink 205 gigatonnes of CO2.
  • Dec 5 2019 will feature a talk by Matthew Kling (UC Berkeley) and we will discuss the use of various quantitative large-scale models to understand the vulnerabilities of vegetation across the landscape (
  • (TBC) we will discuss Laura Hayward's recent theory paper on polygenic adaptation after a sudden change in the environment (
  • (TBC) will feature a talk by Rachael Bay (UC Davis) on her paper projecting genomic vulnerability in a migratory bird (