2011 Workshop

Microevolution of Development: processes within populations and species

This workshop was held at the University of Colorado at Boulder on April 22-24, 2011 and focused on developmental evolution within the context of microevolutionary dynamics. The workshop included conceptual overviews, reports of ongoing research, and explored future research agendas. Students and faculty gave research presentations. Discussion sessions were interspersed with the research talks and covered such topics as analysis of natural variation in developmental phenotypes, tools for use with both model and non-model systems, and other approaches to explore the interacting dynamics of evolutionary and developmental processes at the intra- and inter-specific level.

 Presenting Faculty

  • Jeff Conner*, Michigan State University
    "Genetic (and developmental?) mechanisms underlying rapid evolution of highly correlated traits"
  • Cynthia Jones*, University of Connecticut
    "Do current patterns of leaf trait integration in Pelargonium species from the Greater Cape Floristic Region of South African reflect the ecological zone of origin of major clades?"
  • Susan Kalisz*, University of Pittsburgh
    "Mating system evolution, floral development and selection on selfing"
  • John Kelly, University of Kansas, Lawrence
    "Epigenetics and transgenerational plasticity in trichome density of Mimulus guttatus"
  • Mark Olson, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
    "Ontogeny, constraint, and adaptation: adaptationism's developmental renaissance"
  • Neelima Sinha*, University of California, Davis
    "The transcriptional landscape of wild and domesticated tomato"
  • Stacey Smith, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
    "Genetic mechanisms of flower color diversification and macroevolutionary patterns: studies in Andean Iochroma"
  • Cynthia Weinig, University of Wyoming, Laramie
    "Genetic architecture of morphological integration and modularity in Arabidopsis thaliana and Brassica rapa across heterogeneous environments"

* also on the microMORPH Steering Committee

Presenting Students

  • Robert Baker, University of Colorado at Boulder (PhD Student)
    "Intraspecific evolution and development of shoot architecture"
  • Evangeline Ballerini, University of Georgia, Athens (Post-Doctoral)
    "Examining the genetic basis of speciation and adaptive introgression in Louisiana Irises"
  • Dan Chitwood, University of California, Davis (Post-Doctoral)
    "Microevolutionary developmental genomics in domesticated tomato and its wild relatives"
  • Carolina Diller, University of Maryland, College Park (PhD Student)
    "Interpreting patterns of floral variation within a functional and developmental framework"
  • Jacob Herman, Wesleyan University (PhD Student)
    "Transgenerational plasticity to drought stress in the generalist annual Polygonum persicaria"
  • Matthew Koski, University of Pittsburgh (PhD Student)
    "Breaking boundaries of human visual bias: phenotypic selection on floral ultraviolet traits"
  • Rachel Meyer, New York Botanical Garden (PhD Student)
    "Modifications to the phenolic biosynthesis pathway is correlated with domestication in eggplant"
  • Elizabeth Milano, University of Texas, Austin (PhD Student)
    "Quantitative genetic analysis of floral traits in the Ipomopsis aggregata ssp. candida and ssp. collina hybrid zone"
  • Rachel Spigler, University of Pittsburgh (Post-Doctoral)
    "Timing is everything: the evolution of reproductive assurance and mixed mating "
  • Evelyn Williams, University of Wisconsin, Madison (PhD Student)
    "Determining annual morphological change of cryptic Botrychium ferns"

Attending microMORPH Steering Committee Members

William (Ned) Friedman, Harvard University Arnold Arboretum
Pamela Diggle, University of Colorado at Boulder
Amy Litt, New York Botanical Garden
Joe Williams, University of Tennessee
Larry Hufford, Washington State University

See also: Past Meeting

The NSF grant that supported microMORPH ended in April 2017. microMORPH no longer provides support for travel grants, workshops, or summer courses. The summer courses in organismic plant biology will continue at the Arnold Arboretum.