non-credit workshop | Other 2020

Evolutionary Quantitative Genetics Workshop 2020 – CANCELLED


Instructor(s): Dr. Joe Felsenstein , Dr. Stevan J. Arnold


Dates of instruction:  Monday, June 8 – Friday, June 12, 2020
Arrive:  Sunday, June 7
Depart:  Saturday, June 13
Max students: 30

This workshop has been cancelled for 2020.  We expect to offer it again in June 2021.

Application deadline: March 15, 2020 (end of the day)

To submit an application, follow this link: 2020 Application Form.

The blog web pages for the 2019 workshop available through the following link:

This workshop has been given yearly since 2011. Since 2017 it has been given at the Friday Harbor Laboratories of the University of Washington, on San Juan Island. The workshop will review the basics of theory in the field of evolutionary quantitative genetics and its connections to evolution observed at various time scales. One aim of the workshop is to build a bridge between the traditionally separate disciplines of quantitative genetics and comparative methods.

Quantitative genetic theory for natural populations was developed considerably in the period from 1970 to 1990 and up to the present, and it has been applied to a wide range of phenomena including the evolution of differences between the sexes, sexual preferences, life history traits, plasticity of traits, as well as the evolution of body size and other morphological measurements. Phylogenetic approaches to comparative biology were developed in the 1980s and 1990s, including inferring how traits covary in evolution and how optimum values of traits vary between species.

Textbooks have not kept pace with these developments, and currently few universities offer courses on these subjects aimed at evolutionary biologists.

Evolutionary biologists need to understand this field because of the ability to collect large amounts of data by computer, the development of statistical methods for changes of traits on evolutionary trees and for changes in a single species through time, and the realization that quantitative characters will not soon be fully explained by genomics. This workshop aims to fill this need by reviewing basic aspects of theory and illustrating how that theory can be tested with data, both from single species and from multiple-species phylogenies. Participants will use R, an open-source statistical programming language, to build and test evolutionary models.

The workshop involves lectures and in-class computer exercises. You can consult the 2019 workshop website for examples, using the links found at the 2019 schedule mentioned above.

The intended participants for this workshop are graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty members in evolutionary biology. The workshop can accommodate up to 30 participants.

In addition to Steve Arnold and Joe Felsenstein, lecturers will be:

• Patrick Carter, Evolutionary Physiology, Washington State University, Pullman
• Adam Jones, Biological Sciences, University of Idaho
• Michelle Lawing, Ecology and Conservation Biology, Texas A&M University
• Brian O’Meara, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville
• Samantha Price, Biological Sciences, Clemson University
• Josef Uyeda, Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg

The workshop is sponsored by The American Society of Naturalists.

Cost $1000 + tax.

Cost to be paid to Friday Harbor Laboratories. The fee will cover housing and meals at FHL and all other workshop expenses except travel. Participants who have been admitted to attend should make their payment prior to arrival at FHL. Details of payment by credit card or check will be provided once the applicant has been admitted to attend.

We also hope to have support from several scientific societies, enabling a 20% rebate for the cost to participants who join the society. Information on that will appear here.