#UCDavis seminar Monday Beth Shapiro “The genetic consequences of climate change: lessons from the Pleistocene ice ages”

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Monday’s Genetics seminar speaker is Beth Shapiro from UCSC. Her title is “The genetic consequences of climate change: lessons from the Pleistocene ice ages”

The seminar is at 4:10pm in LS 1022

Beth uses ancient DNA (paleogenomics) to study the evolution of species and populations.

Beth writes on her website http://pgl.soe.ucsc.edu/index.html : “In the Shapiro lab, a common theme to our research is that it tends to involve some aspect of time. The temporal signal comes from historical information, radiocarbon dates, sampling times (for rapidly evolving viruses), or information from depositional environments. We combine temporal and genetic data to identify periods of growth, decline, dispersal, and replacement in populations. When possible, we integrate these data with climate and environmental records to try to identify the causative factors behind changes in genetic diversity. We have recently been transitioning from single-locus analyses to working with multi-locus, or even complete genome, data… even for our oldest samples!”

Author: Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. (see my lab site here). My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis

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