ConGen - Virtual Online
Conservation Genetics, Population Genomics, and Molecular Ecology
September 6-17, 2021
The goal of ConGen 2021 is to provide training in conceptual and practical aspects of population genomic data analyses to improve understanding of the evolutionary and ecological genomics of natural and managed populations.
New this year, we will have more keynote lectures that illustrate how genomic data are used to address important questions in conservation, ecology, and evolutionary genetics. We will have more than 15 expert instructors from multiple countries to help teach a breadth of concepts and applications. Fundamental statistical and computational approaches will help prepare students and professionals to use population genomic data in their work.
Emphasis will be on next-generation sequence (NGS) data analysis (RADs, DNA capture, and genome sequencing) and interpretation of output from fundamental and novel statistical approaches and software programs (including R and Linux command line). The course promotes interactions among early-career researchers (students/participants) and leaders in population genomics to help develop our "next generation" of conservation and evolutionary geneticists. We will identify and discuss developments needed to improve data analysis approaches to advance the field.
This course will cover concepts and methods including the coalescent, Bayesian, and likelihood-based approaches. Special lecture sessions and hands-on exercises will be conducted on population structure, detecting selection, and genetic monitoring (of Ne, FST, Nm, etc.), landscape genomics, inbreeding detection (RoH), parentage assignment, gene flow estimation, eDNA for biodiversity monitoring, and more. It will include daily sessions with hands-on data analysis activities, including genotyping and data analyses using NGS data.
This course is sponsored by the American Genetic Association, the Journal of Heredity, NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration), NSF (the Dimensions in Biodiversity program), along with DoveTail Genomics, eDNA, and support from the publications eDNA, Evolutionary Applications, and Conservation Genetics. It includes more than 15 expert instructors and hands-on data analysis using your data and dummy data sets provided by instructors. It has led to publications describing the main topics and outcomes of the course in past years, to facilitate data analysis for population geneticists worldwide. For example, see 4 pubs below:
- Schweizer et al. 2021: https://doi.org/10.1093/jhered/esab019
- Stahlke et al. 2020: https://academic.oup.com/jhered/article/111/2/227/5731771
- Hendricks et al. 2018: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/eva.12659
- Benestan et al. 2016: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/mec.13647/full
- Andrews and Luikart 2014: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/mec.12686/abstract
Cost to Attend Online
The cost to participate in ConGen 2021 is $790 US if you pay before July 1st or $850 US if you pay after July 1st. This cost includes lectures (live and recorded) by at least 15 expert instructors, online question and answer sessions during and after hands-on exercises with worksheets and dummy datasets, copies of lecture PowerPoint slides, along with ConGen-2021 Swag (T-shirt, mug). Course materials are also available after the end of the course to all students in a box repository including all recorded lectures and class materials and slides for many months after ConGen.
The online course supports a virtual server implementation for a majority of the software and tools for the course. This allow students to jump into data analysis with less downtime needed to install bioinformatic tools. Linux line commands will be used for several analyses during the course. A 1-2 hours tutorial on Linux will be given just before the course for those needing to learn Linux line commands for population genomics data analysis, before the course.
The 2021 course will be online using Zoom along with a blog/forum (via Slack) for questions & answers from instructors (during and after each lecture). Participants outside North American time zones (e.g., Europe, Australasia) can watch recorded lectures (if they cannot participate live) after lectures are given and still participate in Q & A sessions and on the blog after each lecture. Because all lectures and hands-on sessions are recorded (in Zoom), participants can watch (or re-watch) them the next day and still ask questions and get instructor feedback (via blog or live).