[MARMAM] Genomics Workshop II

Andy Foote footead at gmail.com
Thu Jun 18 08:13:24 PDT 2015

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that following the success of the genomics
workshop held at the last SMM conference in New Zealand in 2013, we will be
running a full-day follow-up workshop at the Biennial in San Francisco
on Sunday,
December 13. To supplement conference presentations, this workshop offers
an opportunity for researchers to present not only their latest results and
findings, but also to share experiences on the successes and pitfalls of
using genomic techniques that can benefit the research community.

If you are interested in presenting, please send a 300-word abstract by
email to Kristina and myself before August 5 (abstract decisions will be
announced no later than August 24). Students are encouraged to apply. The
workshop schedule will include slots for both 30-minute and 10-minute
talks, so please indicate in your abstract submission which talk length you
would prefer. Note that presentations at the workshop should differ to a
significant degree from those given at the main conference. For example, if
you are presenting the results of an applied study at the conference, you
may want to present a more in-depth discussion of the strengths and
limitations of your new methodology at the workshop.

Remember to register for the workshop prior to Sept. 15, 2015 to be
eligible for the early registration fee of US$80 for a full-day workshop;
beginning Sept. 16, 2015 fees will increase to US$90. To sign up for the
workshop, visit the conference registration site:

- Andy

*Genomics Workshop II*
Following the previous marine mammal genomics workshop held at the Biennial
Conference in New Zealand in 2013, the field of genomics has continued to
progress rapidly, experiencing relevant advances in sequencing
technologies, laboratory techniques and data analysis methods. At the time
of the previous biennial conference, genomic studies on marine mammals were
hampered by a lack of suitable reference genomes, with only the high
quality genomes of distant terrestrial relatives such as the dog, cow and
elephant available for anchoring generated genomic data. However, by the
time of the San Francisco conference, the number of high quality genome
assemblies of marine mammal species is expected to be in double figures,
facilitating the progression of our field, which is also benefiting from
new innovative methods being applied to marine mammal species and more data
being made publicly available. As a result, the number of published inter-
and intra-specific genomics investigations on marine mammal species is
expected to significantly increase during 2015. This workshop offers the
opportunity for participants to keep track of this progression from
genetics to genomics; to present their latest results and findings; and
perhaps most importantly to share their experiences on the successes and
pitfalls of different genomic techniques that can hopefully benefit us as a
community by preventing needless and expensive replication and promoting
better, more cost-effective use of resources.
Organizer and contact email: Andy Foote (FooteAD at gmail.com) and Kristina
Cammen (kristina.cammen at maine.edu)
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