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12th Annual Symposium
October 31-
November 2, 2014
in Kansas City

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At the KSU Ecological Genomics Institute, we study how organisms respond to changing environments over long macroevolutionary and shorter, contemporary evolutionary time scales.

EGI scientists ask questions at the interface between evolution, genomics, population and
community ecology (intersections of boxes in the figure).

Research groups listed below fit into the overlaps. Modeling, bioinformatics and statistics are the foundation of our research.

Box length relates to the time scale at the top.

Name

Department

Ecological Genomics Research Projects



Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics of Adaptation

Eduard Akhunov

Plant Pathology

Adaptive plasticity and drought tolerance in polyploidy wheat

Ecotypic differentiation, genetic variation in the prairie grass Andropogon

Loretta Johnson

Biology

Ecotypic differentiation, genetic variation in the prairie grass Andropogon

Ted Morgan

Biology

Drosophila quantitative genomics and thermal tolerance, statistical analyses

Ecotypic differentiation, genetic variation in the prairie grass Andropogon

Paul St. Amand

Plant Pathology

Ecotypic differentiation, genetic variation in the prairie grass Andropogon

Chris Toomajian

Plant Pathology

Adaptation and natural genetic variation on a genomic scale in A.thaliana

Mark Ungerer

Biology

Clinal variation in freezing tolerance in A. thaliana

Hybrid speciation, transposons and genome evolution in wild sunflowers

Ruth Welti

Biology

Plant adaptation to elevated carbon dioxide: Using a lipidomic approach to identify alterations in lipid metabolism and signaling in A. thaliana



Speciation/Hybridization and Evolutionary and Comparative Genomics

Sue Brown

Biology

Evolution of gene networks regulating insect development

Computational methods to characterize regulatory networks involved in plant response to abiotic stresses

Carolyn Ferguson

Biology

Evolutionary genetics, speciation and hybridization in Phlox

Jeremy Marshall

Entomology

Genomics/proteomics of reproductive isolation and speciation in crickets



Genomics and Ecological Species Interactions

  Plant-microbial

Karen Garrett

Plant Pathology

Plant-microbe ecological genomics and higher order interactions

Ecotypic differentiation, genetic variation in the prairie grass Andropogon

Soil Metagenomics to Construct Indicators of Soil Degradation

Ari Jumpponen

Biology

Identification of the function of mutualistic root endophytic fungi using the Arabidopsis transcriptome

Soil Metagenomics to Construct Indicators of Soil Degradation

Frank White

Plant Pathology

Genes involved in pathogen adaptation to new plant genotypes

  Trophic Interactions

Dorith Rotenberg

Plant Pathology

Antagonistic cross-talk between defensive signaling pathways in tomato plants in response to a virus and an arthropod herbivore

Anna Whitfield

Plant Pathology

Genomics of plant virus-vector specificity and transmission

Antagonistic cross-talk between defensive signaling pathways in tomato plants in response to a virus and an arthropod herbivore

  Community/metagenomics

Michael Herman

Biology

Nematode community ecological genomics and environmental change

Soil Metagenomics to Construct Indicators of Soil Degradation

Tim Todd

Plant Pathology

Nematode community ecological genomics and environmental change



D. Population and Conservation genomics

Kun Yan Zhu

Entomology

Insect toxicogenomics. stress response to hypoxia in aquatic organisms



E. Ecological Systems Biology, Statistics, and Bioinformatics

Doina Caragea

Computer Sciences

Bioinformatics, data mining, information integration and visualization

Computational methods to characterize regulatory networks involved in plant response to abiotic stresses

Gary Gadbury

Statistics

Statistical analysis of high dimensional data, multiple testing issues

James Higgins

Statistics

Statistical analysis of microarrays, non-parametirc designs

Haiyan Wang

Statistics

Statistical analysis of microarrays, differential gene expression

Computational methods to characterize regulatory networks involved in plant response to abiotic stresses

Stephen Welch

Agronomy

Network models and natural variation in plant flowering time