SICB Annual Meeting 2019
January 3-7, 2019
Tampa, FL

Best practices for using NGS-based datasets to determine statistically robust evidence of positive selection and convergent evolution of polar organisms.

January 3, 9:00 am-5:00 pm - Location TBD

We will conduct a workshop using cross-disciplinary approaches for determining genetic adaptations in polar organisms using Next Generation Sequencing-based datasets. In particular, this workshop will focus on the following:

1) Establishing collaborative research groups to test for genes under positive selection from diverse polar organisms using genomic and transcriptomic datasets.

2) Evaluating current analytical methods for determining positively selected genes and their statistical significance.

3) Exploring current and novel methodologies for detecting genetic modifications acquired through convergent evolution in response to similar environmental conditions.

4) Reviewing lab-based protocols for demonstrating the potential functions of candidate genes.

We will conduct the second workshop meeting (9 a.m.- 5 p.m.) before the start of the meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (Tampa, FL, January 3rd, 2019). Participants from the first workshop meeting will present their findings and compare results among the research groups. The requested funds will be used to reimburse the costs of travel to each meeting (up to $300/meeting), SICB meeting registration, and one night of lodging (up to $200/meeting), for all workshop participants per meeting. Workshop participants will contribute to a final report summarizing our findings that will be available through the iDigBio website. We will also publish a multi-authored paper based on the relative contributions of participants towards data acquisition, NGS-based analyses, and the review of lab-based protocols.

A limited number of new participants will be supported for the second workshop meeting and should have documented research backgrounds in ONE or more of the following categories: 1) NGS-based studies of polar organisms, 2) Methodologies for determining genes under positive selection or showing evidence of convergent evolution (PAML, HyPHy, Phytools, etc.), 3) Phylogenomics of polar organisms, and 4) Physiological adaptations of polar organisms.

To apply please email Scott Santagata (, due date: 09/14/18) with one attached PDF document containing: A) Current CV and B) One-page description detailing your experience in the research backgrounds listed above, and how this workshop fits into your overall career goals. Graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and early career investigators from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Applications may be accepted after the due date depending on the number of applicants and amount of available funds. Please note that the deadline for submitting an abstract to the SICB conference is 09/05/18.