Save the Date! The 2022 AGA Presidential Symposium will take place July 24-27, 2022 at the beautiful venue of the IslandWood campus on Bainbridge Island near Seattle, Washington (with virtual options for speakers and attendees). The Symposium will include the Key Lecture plus two days of invited talks, panels, and poster sessions on topics spanning the field of genetic conflict and selfish evolution.
AGA Symposia are small meetings that provide excellent opportunities for cross-stage interaction, and the American Genetics Association is committed to supporting early-stage attendees. Stay tuned for more details in the New Year!
The American Genetic Association grants awards each year to its members for support of special events that advance the mission of AGA, particularly to support students to attend the event.
These awards are open to all members of the American Genetic Association.
The American Genetic Association grants EECG Research Awards to graduate and post-doctoral members who are at a critical point in their research, where additional funds would allow them to conclude their research project and prepare it for publication.
EECG Embarkations -- Posts from previous EECG awardees about their research and interests are available on the AGA Blog.
Over 35% of our members voted! Thank you for your active participation in your society. All of our esteemed candidates' biographies are available here
And check out our previous President's Symposia issues, freely available online:
AGA2017: Evolutionary Quantitative Genetics in the Wild - President Anne Bronikowski
AGA2016: Local Adaptation - President Lynda Delph
AGA2015: Chromosome Evolution - President Katie Peichel
AGA2014: Evolution and Plasticity - President Robin Waples
AGA2013: Speciation Continuum - President Kerry Shaw
The AGA grants awards to its members for support of special events that advance its mission, particularly to enable students to attend the event. Click below for details and application form.
The Stephen J. O'Brien Award for the best student paper published in AGA's Journal of Heredity includes a cash prize of $2,000.
Best student-authored article by William J. Gammerdinger
Best student-authored article by Frances Clark
4 courses and workshops receive funding
Seven students/postdocs receive award funding for research projects
8 courses and workshops receive funding
Eight students/postdocs receive award funding for research projects
Best student-authored article by Marshall Wedger
Thirteen students/postdocs receive award funding for research projects
8 courses and workshops receive funding
Further debate from experts on wolves in Southeastern Alaska and Mexico. TODAY in Journal of Heredity
Why are previously isolated little blue penguin colonies now mixing it up?
The newly published article by international authors including our Review Editor, Steve O'Brien, is freely available to read and download from Journal of Heredity.
Hot off the press!
And all three articles by these authors in JHered 109-6 are freely available for the next 3 weeks!
In this issue: Problems and Cautions With Sequence Mismatch Analysis and Bayesian Skyline Plots to Infer Historical Demography. Invited Review from Stewart Grant. Coupling population history with climate change is essential for constructing evolutionary and biogeographic scenarios that illuminate the mechanisms shaping species’ diversity.
But molecular clocks calibrated with phylogenetic divergences can overestimate the timings of population-level events. Overestimates disconnect historical population reconstructions from climatic history and confound our understanding of the factors influencing genetic variability.
For the first time, The Australian white whale Migaloo has been seen in NZ waters. Migaloo has a tyrosinase gene mutation, as described in Journal of Heredity here: http://jhered.oxfordjournals.org/content/103/1/130.short
This article is freely available to read and download.
Read the Special Issue now! Freely available at http://jhered.oxfordjournals.org/content/106/S1.toc
OPEN ACCESS Perspective article on black-footed ferret cloning by our AE and AGA Council member Oliver Ryder and others.
This issue includes research and review articles from President Katie Peichel's 2015 AGA Symposium, 'Chromosome Evolution: Molecular Mechanisms & Evolutionary Consequences'
We are very pleased that OUP has completely modernized our Journal of Heredity website. However, there are inevitably a few glitches - in our case, some articles did not come across from the old website, particularly from 2014 and 2015. If you are searching for an article that has disappeared, please contact Anjanette Baker, Managing Editor, agajoh(at)oregonstate.edu, and I will send you the PDF.
FREE from Journal of Heredity: DiBattista et al. 2016 found discordance between genetic divergence and color-based taxonomy in the pygmy angelfish Centropyge flavissima complex. In a Letter in the current JHered issue, Delrieu-Trottin et al. offer another take on the number of distinct species in this complex. In response, DiBattista et al. argue their position on the 'devilish taxonomy' of these angels.
Read the JHered article by Krysko et al. FOR FREE https://doi.org/10.1093/jhered/esw086
Read the JHered article by Wilcox, Motomura, Matsunuma, and Bowen here: https://doi.org/10.1093/jhered/esx056
This collection arose from an AGA-sponsored workshop held at Arizona State University. Melissa Wilson Sayres, Guest Editor.
Read the JHered article by Gaubert et al. for free: https://doi.org/10.1093/jhered/esx097
Read the JHered article for free at https://doi.org/10.1093/jhered/esy019
photo by Dave Jenike, Cincinnati Zoo
On this sesquicentennial anniversary of the publication of Mendel's seminal work, our Council member (and pea geneticist) Norm Weeden examines the veracity of his data in this Perspective. FREE ONLINE ACCESS
Latest issue of the Journal now online, including our latest Genome Consortium white paper
Boldly visualized by Brian Bowen with an Orlog metaphor, wherein the actions of the past and present influence future outcomes. FREE online
Dr Kimberly R Andrews and Dr Floyd A Reed (USA), Prof Xuhua Xia (Canada) and Dr Shu-Jin Luo (China) have recently joined our Editorial Board.
Online news outlet Phys.org highlights our Invited Review by Cammen et al. Read it for free: https://academic.oup.com/jhered/article/107/6/481/2622897/Genomic-Methods-Take-the-Plunge-Recent-Advances-in
Check out our free reviews and perspectives!
A new JHered study has found European colonisation in New Zealand is to blame for a decline in kākāpō numbers.
FREE ONLINE ACCESS!
photo credit Andrew Digby, NZ Dept of Conservation
Bill Murphy, our EIC, is one of the authors of this fascinating article in Science Advances. Also an author on the snow leopard article that features on our most recent cover. Interested in wildlife hybridization studies? JHered has heaps! https://academic.oup.com/jhered/search-results
Call for Papers for Journal of Heredity!
1. Next Generation Phylogeography & Phylogenomics
2. Genome Mapping and Genome Evolution in Non-Model Organism
Mark Kirkpatrick, the 2015 AGA Distinguished Key Lecturer, has coauthored the new edition of Evolution. This is one of the many textbooks and other academic titles available at a discount to AGA members. Join today!
Learn about the fascinating world of cactus-loving Drosophila species, which was the topic of Journal of Heredity's special issue in January!
Check out our new blog
Listen to our latest blog post, an audio story about Dr. Piotr Lukasik et al.
Learn about how Oliver Ryder and his team at the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance made the incredible discovery of condor parthenogenesis. Research article in the December 2021 issue of Journal of Heredity.
AGA EECG award and Stephen J. O'Brien Award winner Dr. Will Gammerdinger explains the dichotomy in the diversity of vertebrate sex chromosome systems.
University of Alabama at Birmingham's Elise Keister explains Dr. Jared Homola et al.
Dr. Caitlin Curry explains Zhang et al.'s recent JHered Editor's Choice article on the AGA blog
Read the JHered article for free at https://doi.org/10.1093/jhered/esz058
For manuscripts that describe genome assembly resources of practical value to the broader scientific community
Read the open access article by Carroll et al. at JHered https://doi.org/10.1093/jhered/esaa010
Journal of Heredity issue 111-4 includes articles on their EECG-funded research by Daniel Portik (2015), Nicholas Kooyers (2017), and Rebekah Oomen (2019).
Read our final Editor's Choice article of the year by Neal et al.
FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. – Pop Quiz: what creatures make up more than 70% of the approximately 1.9 million described species on earth and have long served as model organisms in many areas of biology? If you guessed invertebrates, you’re right!
A great interview with Journal of Heredity Associate Editor Taras Oleksyk on the training on conservation geneticists at the annual ConGen workshops.
July 26 to 31, 2015: 8th International Conference on Stickleback Behavior and Evolution
AGA members - Get 20% off all genetics & genomics titles in OUP's catalog. Visit the Genetics gateway page (click on Learn More...) and use the code 29300 at checkout.
The mission of the American Genetic Association is to encourage the study of comparative genetics and genomics, and to promote the application of genetic and genomic methods to the documentation, conservation, and management of organismal diversity. We are committed to accomplishing this mission together with the most inclusive group of members and contributors possible, unrestricted by race, gender, sexuality, religion, political affiliation, or background. We have worked and will continue to work to broaden participation in this field to reflect the diversity of our broader community. We adamantly oppose any forms of discrimination, and we enthusiastically support the dissemination of peer-reviewed scientific research results to other scientists and the public at large. If any of our members have ideas they would like to share on how we can further achieve this mission, without the influence of politics, we welcome them to do so by contacting your representatives in our society-- the officers and council members: http://www.theaga.org/council.htm
The 12th conservation genetics workshop for South American students, 'New challenges in the Anthropocene'. AGA has sponsored students for all 12!
Announcing the newly elected 2019 AGA President and Council:
President: Kim Hughes
Council: Mike Schwartz, Carol Lee, Gina Baucom
A total of 105 ballots were cast from a membership of 435 (24%). Thank you to all who ran and all who voted!
Announcing the newly elected AGA President and Council:
President: Kelly Zamudio
Council: Ken Olsen, Jeff Good, & Elizabeth Alter
A total of 133 ballot papers were entered out of a total electorate of 516 (nearly 26%). Thanks to all who ran & voted!
The 2020 AGA President's Symposium has been reconfigured as an online meeting and rescheduled to Nov 15-18, 2020. Genes as Environment: Indirect Genetic Effects in Evolution, Agriculture, and Medicine.
The Editorial Board announces a new article category, Genome Resources, for manuscripts that describe genome assembly resources of practical value to the broader scientific community