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 ~ every second week. To be up-to-date with rooms and times, check this web, access our m2gc calendar or join the googlegroup by sending a blank email to mutations2globalchange+subscribe@googlegroups.com .

> For questions contact: Moi Exposito-Alonso (moisesexpositoalonso@gmail.com)

SCHEDULE (updated as speakers/papers are confirmed)

  • July Wed 22, 2020 (10am via Zoom) Meixi Lin & Rachel Meyer (UCLA CaleDNA project, California), will tell us about their latest bioRxiv paper describing biodiversity patterns across California using environmental DNA samples (http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/2020.06.19.160374).

  • June Wed 24, 2020 (10:30 via Zoom) Yoav Voichek (GMI, Austria), will tell us about his new Genome-Wide Association method based on K-mers, which does not require a reference genome! (http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41588-020-0612-7).

  • April Wed 29, 2020 (9am via Zoom) Pierre Baduel and Leandro Quadrana (IBENS, L' école Normale Supérieure, France), will tell us about their latest on transposable elements in Arabidopsis thaliana, their relevance to adaptation, and their link to climate (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-019-11385-5).

  • March 23, 2020 (11 am via Zoom ) Megan Ruffley (U Idaho), will tell us about her latest work on trait evolution and community assembly models.

  • March 20, 2020 (4pm via Zoom ) John Wiens (Arizona State University), will tell us about his latest work studying species on the way to extinction to ask whether they will need to shift their niches or migrate (http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1913007117).

  • Feb 19, 2020 (11am Carnegie Seminar room) Rachael Bay (UC Davis), will tell us about her work on evolutionary predictions under climate change using yellow warbler (http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.aan4380).

  • Jan 16, 2020 (11am Carnegie Seminar room) Grey Monroe (Max Planck Institute and UC Davis), will tell us about his work on Loss of Function mutations in Arabidopsis and their relevance to climate adaptation (http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.41038)

  • Dec 12 2019 (together with Pritchard Lab Journal Club) we will discuss (via Skype) with Laura Hayward her recent theory paper on polygenic adaptation after a sudden change in the environment (dx.doi.org/10.1101/792952).

  • Dec 5 2019 (13:30 Carnegie Seminar room) will feature a talk by Matthew Kling (UC Berkeley) on (http://matthewkling.github.io/media/).

  • Nov 26 2019 (9am Global Ecology conference room) will feature a videoconference talk from Tom Crowther (ETH) and we will discuss the recent global restoration projection paper (dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.aax0848), which recently proposed 0.9 billion hectares of canopy cover could be restored to sink 205 gigatonnes of CO2.

  • Nov 21 (11am Carnegie Seminar room) will feature a talk by Valentino Gantz (UC San Diego) on his co-invention, CRISPR gene drives (doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1521077112), to "control" species demographic and evolutionary fates.

  • [ Two weeks where we will join two CEHG.stanford.edu talks, one by Moi (Oct 30 12pm MSOB X303) on the latest paper of genomic predictions under climate change (dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41586-019-1520-9), and another from Chris Kyriazis (UCLA) (Nov 6 12pm Clark S360) in unintended maladaptation consequences of genetic restoration of threatened populations (dx.doi.org/10.1101/678524) ]

  • Oct 24 2019 (9am Carnegie Global Ecology conference room) will feature a videoconference talk by Richard Neher (Basel Biozentrum) and we will discuss his nextrain.org platform (dx.doi.org/10.1093/bioinformatics/bty407). This is a virus evolution monitoring website feeding from global clinical datasets that uses phylogenetics to predict the next infectious strains.

  • Oct 17 2019 (1.30pm Carnegie Library room) we will have a videoconference with Ruth Shaw (U Minnesota) and discuss her paper (doi.org/10.1086/700565) on the limits of evolutionary prediction. This paper is also a great introduction to a century of mathematical population genetics.