Webinar on Understanding Species Hybridization

Monday, October 22, 2018 at 11:30 am Eastern Time

The webinar is an information-gathering meeting for the committee in which the speakers are invited to provide input to the committee.

Watch the webinar recording below:


The Role of Hybridization in the Species Evolution
Michael L. Arnold, University of Georgia – View Bio

Mike Arnold’s lab group has spent the last three decades testing evolutionary hypotheses in a wide array of organisms – including fungi, plants and animals. In spite of the taxonomic diversity reflected in this work, there is a unifying theme. This theme is well described by the title of a 1954 Evolution paper authored by the plant evolutionary biologists, Edgar Anderson and Ledyard Stebbins – “Hybridization as an Evolutionary Stimulus”. Thus, this group has examined a range of phenomena associated with the process of gene exchange between organisms in nature and the laboratory. The data collected have derived from analyses of population genetics, phylogenetics, reproductive biology, pollinator behavior, eco-physiology, molecular evolution and, most recently, the genomics of adaptive traits. Mike annually teaches the undergraduate Evolutionary Biology course and an undergraduate Seminar. Every other year, he teaches a graduate level course on the topic of Evolution Through Genetic Exchange. Mike has spent his entire faculty career as a member of the Department of Genetics at the University of Georgia. He is now a Distinguished Research Professor or, as he likes to put it, a DR(I)P.

Human and Landscape Influences on Species Hybridization
Emily K. Latch, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee – View Bio

Dr. Emily Latch is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her research focuses on how ecological variability and anthropogenic-induced ecological change influence evolutionary trajectory of species. Dr. Latch also explores the use of genetic tools and analyses to design wildlife conservation and management strategies. Dr. Latch holds a Ph.D. in Population Genetics from Purdue University.