Genomics of Isolation by distance in Florida Scrub Jays

Stepfanie Aguillon and Nancy Chen‘s paper on combining genomics and genealogy to study isolation by distance is out in PLOS Genetics.


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Coop lab talks at Evolution 2017

Emily Josephs “Detecting polygenic adaptation in maize” 9am, Sunday, b117_119.

Gideon Bradburd. “Isolation by distance as a null hypothesis of population structure” Sunday, 9:00AM-9:15AM Oregon Ballroom 204. “ASN Spotlight Symposium- Processes underlying pattern: considering the evolutionary mechanisms underlying population-level differentiation”

Nancy Chen: Detecting short-term selection in a pedigreed natural population.  Sunday. 4:00 PM – 4:14 PM In session: Contemporary evolution 2. room C123.
Kristin Lee. “Distinguishing among modes of convergent evolution using population genomic data” Sunday, 3:45 PM – 4:14 PM. Oregon ballroom 202. SSB Symposium – Phylogenetic approaches to connecting genotypes to phenotypes 2
Vince Buffalo: “The Temporal Signature of Linked Selection.”  Monday 9.15 AM-9.30AM Population genetics: inference of selection 2.  B114-115
Erin Calfee “Detecting selection for ancestry in admixed populations with arbitrary population structure.”  2:15 Monday. Pop gen: Theory and methods. Room B114-115
Sivan Yair: “Characterizing adaptive Neanderthal introgression in modern humans” 6:30pm. Poster session: population genetics: theory and methods
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Guest lecture on archaic genomics

Had fun giving a guest lecture in TIm Weaver’s Anthro. course on Neanderthals, pdf of slides here:



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In defense of Science

In Defense of Science


We are deeply concerned by the Trump administration’s move to gag scientists working at various governmental agencies. The US government employs scientists working on medicine, public health, agriculture, energy, space, clean water and air, weather, the climate and many other important areas. Their job is to produce data to inform decisions by policymakers, businesses and individuals. We are all best served by allowing these scientists to discuss their findings openly and without the intrusion of politics. Any attack on their ability to do so is an attack on our ability to make informed decisions as individuals, as communities and as a nation.


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Population Genetics Undergrad Class

We’re teaching Population and Quantitative Genetics (undergrad EVE102) this quarter. We’re posting our materials here, in case they are of interest.

A pdf of the popgen notes is here

The slide pdfs are linked to below

Lecture One [Introduction and HWE]. Reading  notes up to end of Section 1.2.

lecture_2_rellys_inbreeding  [HWE, Relatedness (IBD), Inbreeding loops] Read Sections 1.3-1.5

lecture_3_population structure [Inbreeding, FST and population structure]

1/2 class Reading Discussion Simons Genome Diversity Project and Kreitman 1983 + 1/2 class on  lecture_4 [Other common approaches to population structure, Section 1.7 of Notes optional reading]

lecture_5_ld_drift [Linkage Disequilibrium + Discussion of Neutral Polymorphism] Reading Section 1.8 of notes.

lecture_6_drift_loss_of_heterozygosity[Genetic Drift & mutation, effective population size. Read Chapter 2, up to end of Section 2.3]

Lecture 7. Finishing up lecture 6 & Discussion of Canid paper.

lecture_8_coalescent. [Pairwise Coalescent & n sample Coalescent. Read Notes Section 24-2.5].

lecture_9_coalescent_demography [Non-constant population size, and demography inference].

Lecture 10: Midterm 1.practice_problems_1_2016

lecture_10_pop_struct_divergence [demography, pop-structure, divergence. Read sections 2.6-2.7 of notes].

lecture_11_divergence [Molecular Clock, Neutral theory, MK test]

lecture_12_ILS [incomplete lineage sorting, reading & discussion of Li & Durbin]

lecture_13_abba_baba_quantgen [ABBA-BABA & quantitative genetics]

lecture_14_quantgen [heritability and response to selection]

lecture_15_sel_mult_traits [Long term response, interpretations of breeder’s eqn. & Correlated traits]

lecture_16_tradeoffs_indirect_benefits[Correlated traits, Sexual selection]

lecture_17_1_locus_models [1 locus popgen selection model]

lecture_18_directional_sel_balancing_sel [directional & heterozygote advantage]

lecture_19_balsel_mutsel_balance[-ve frequency dependence, mutation selection balance, inbreeding depression]

lecture_20_migsel_seldrift [Migration-selection balance, Drift-Selection interaction]

lecture_21_seldrift [Nearly Neutral Theory]

lecture_22_hitchhiking [Hitchhiking]

lecture_23_selection_rec [interaction between selection & recombination]

lecture_24_supergenes_sex [inversions & supergenes, short-term benefits and long term costs of asexual reproduction]

lecture_25_sex_chromosomes_selfish_elements [sex chromosomes, sex ratio, sex ratio distortors]

lecture_26_selfish_elements [Selfish elements, selection below level of gene]

lecture_27_speciation [The population genetics of Speciation & Hybrid zones]





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Congrats to Vince on passing his quals


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Coopons in Austin

Two generations of Coopons (Brandvain & Ralph lab folks) out for BBQ in Austin

Cooplab_Austin_BBQ.jpgLeft to Right: Yaniv, Emily, Erin, Josh [Ralph lab]. Kristin, Vince, Jeremy, Nancy, Graham, Peter,  Alex [Branvain Lab].

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