Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research

&

Albert Katz International School for Desert Studies

 

 

Mitrani Department of Desert Ecology

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

 

 

Paul Goldstein and Lillian Goldstein Lande Scientific Exchange Fund

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camp Evolution III

 

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Last updated April 10, 2007

 

 

Sede-Boqer Campus, March 25-29, 2007

 

Organizer: Ariel Novoplansky

 

 

 

 

The workshop featured a lecture series by Noah Rosenberg and Mittias Jakobsson, Department of Human Genetics and Bioinformatics Program University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA on

Human Evolutionary Genetics

 

as well as presentations by other participants.

 

This workshop will cover new results about human genetic variation that are emerging from modern genomic studies. Topics will include human population history and geographic structure, the role of natural selection during the human expansion into new environments, and spatial perspectives on genetic variation.  The course will also give an overview of data analysis approaches and software packages useful studies both in human evolution and in molecular ecology.

 

Program

 

Day 1.

 

Overview of human evolutionary genetics (~2 hours)

An outline of recent human evolutionary history with a focus on the view from genetics

 

Patterns of genetic variation across human populations (~1.5 hours)

Practical lab exercise in which we will search through microsatellite data for signals of human migrations

 

Day 2.

 

Case study: the Americas (~2 hours)

Genetic variation in native and admixed populations of the Americas

 

Measuring the geographic distributions of alleles (~1.5 hours)

Practical lab exercise focusing on allelic distributions

 

Day 3.

 

Population-genetic theory of human evolution (~4 hours)

Pedigrees, genealogies, most recent common ancestors, and the coalescent

 

Day 4.

 

Evolutionary genetics of domesticated organisms (~1 hour)

The impact of humans on genetic variation in domesticated plants and animals

 

Genetic signatures of adaptation (~1 hour)

The role of natural selection in shaping genetic variation across human populations

 

Population structure (~1.5 hours)

Practical lab exercise on the inference and analysis of population structure

 

Day 5.

 

Human evolutionary genetics and the search for disease-susceptibility genes (~2 hours)

The importance of human evolution for genetic mapping

 

Open questions in human evolutionary genetics (~1.5 hours)

A survey of current developments and prospects for future work

 

Getting to Midreshet Ben-Gurion and the Albert Katz International School for Desert Studies

 

 

Timetable

 

 

Sat, March 24

Sun, March 25

Mon, March 26

Tues, March 27

Wed, March 28

Thurs, March 29

08:00 08:20

 

 

 

 

Arrival and

check-in

Breakfast

Breakfast

Breakfast

Breakfast

08:30 10:00

Human evolutionary genetics

Human evolutionary genetics

Human evolutionary genetics

Human evolutionary genetics

10:00 10:45

Early arrival

10:45 12:30

12:30 13:30

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

14:00 18:00

Human evolutionary genetics

Excursion:

The Yerucham Iris reserve and the Chatira crater

Excursion:

Shivta ruins

Excursion:

Nekarot/ Ramon crater

 

Checkout

19:00 20:00

Dinner

Dinner

Dinner

Party Dinner

20:30 21:30

Shavel Itzkovitch

 

"Using somatic genomic variability to study cell lineage relations"

Adi Stern

 

"Positive selection and Ka/Ks"

Lior David

 

"Genetic

variability and population structure of the common carp"

 

Sagi Snir

 

"Lateral Transfer: How Tree-Like is the Tree of Life?"

 

21:30 - ??

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