Conservation Genetics, Population Genomics, and Molecular Ecology
September 6-17, 2022
The goal of ConGen 2022 is to provide training in conceptual and practical aspects of population genomic data analyses to improve understanding of the evolutionary and ecological genomics of natural and managed populations. We will have more than 15 expert instructors from multiple countries to help teach a breadth of concepts and applications.
ConGen teaches Fundamental statistical and computational approaches that will help prepare students and professionals to use population genomic data in their work. Emphasis will be on next-generation sequence (NGS) data analysis (RADs, DNA capture, and genome sequencing/resequencing) and interpretation of output from fundamental and novel statistical approaches and software programs (including R and Linux command line). The course promotes interactions among early-career researchers e.g., grad students & postdocs), mid-career faculty and agency researchers, and leaders in population genomics to help develop our "next generation" of conservation and evolutionary geneticists. We will identify and discuss developments needed to improve data analysis approaches to advance the field. This course often feels like a workshop because multiple instructors ask questions and provide helpful comments during another instructor’s lecture to help advance learning of basic and advanced concepts and approaches.
This course will cover concepts and methods including the coalescent, Bayesian, and likelihood-based approaches. Special lecture sessions and hands-on exercises will be conducted on assessing population structure, testing for HW proportions, detecting selection, genetic monitoring (of Ne
etc.), landscape genomics, inbreeding detection (RoH), GWAS, population assignment, gene flow estimation, whole-genome sequencing & assembly, and more. It will include daily sessions with hands-on data analysis activities, including genotyping and data analyses using NGS data.
This course is sponsored by the American Genetic Association, the Journal of Heredity, NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration), NSF (the Dimensions in Biodiversity program), along with DoveTail Genomics, and support from publications such as Environmental DNA, Evolutionary Applications, Molecular Ecology Resources, and Conservation Genetics. Some sponsors give talks on new, updated, and future technologies (e.g., Dovetail, PacBio). Many of the expert instructors will lead hands-on data analysis sessions using your data and dummy data sets provided by instructors. This course/workshop has led to publications describing the main topics, course outcomes, and recent advances in the field that facilitate data analysis for population geneticists worldwide. For example, see 4 pubs below: