Deep Gene at Botany 2002

Deep Gene Workshop at Botany 2002, Madison, WI, Thursday, August 8th, 2002

The dual goal of this all-day workshop is to introduce the large contingent of graduate students attending to each other and to the faculty, and then to address some cutting-edge intellectual issues involving cross-overs between phylogenetic and genomic research. We plan four main informal sessions that will be mostly discussion with some brief presentations.

Tentative Agenda:

8:30 Gather in room for coffee and informal conversation
8:45 Introduction to the day; logistics
9:00 Once around the room for self-introductions and brief statements of current research interests (3 informal minutes per person, please )
10:30 Coffee break
10:45 Choosing new genomic model systems in light of phylogeny. What new genomic and phylogentic tools can be brought to bear?
12:00 Lunch in room -- informal discussion

Gene Ontology: how should genes be named? How can they be compared
between genomes? Homology versus function.

2:30 Wrap-up discussion. Where should we go from here?
3:00 Break; afternoon coffee, coke, snacks

Meet with Deep Time RCN group in joint session, consider such
joint scientific & logistic issues as:

  • how can fossil and morphological data be integrated with molecular
    data in "total evidence" phylogenetic analyses?
  • how can fossils be used to calibrate molecular clocks?
  • how can paleobotanical data inform our understanding of function in
    extant plants?
5:00 End Discussions
7:00 Informal dinner with Deep Time (location TBA)

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