2022 AGA Presidential Symposium

The 2022 AGA Presidential Symposium took place July 25-28, 2022 at beautiful IslandWood campus on Bainbridge Island near Seattle, Washington.

Videos of the presentations are available through your AGA Member Portal

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.




Sheela Turbek awarded the Journal of Heredity Outstanding Student Authored Paper Award

For her article,

“Variable Signatures of Selection Despite Conserved Recombination Landscapes Early in Speciation”


8 PhD Students and 4 postdocs receive funding in the 2022 EECG Award round

Watch for upcoming  EECG Embarkations -- Posts from the awardees about their research and interests, available on the AGA Blog.


Outcome of the 2022 Special Events Award Round

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.


Past Presidents' Symposia

 AGA2021 was a highly successful hybrid meeting!


All AGA members can now view video recordings from the live Symposium through the member account portal.


AGA2020 Symposium

Videos of all talks and discussions are available for AGA members

  and read the Proceedings Synopsis and Contextualizing IGE by Sarah McPeek and Symposium Snippets by assorted attendees on the AGA Blog

JHered issue now online and freely available


Presidents' Symposia Issues in JHered

AGA2020:  Genes as Environment - President Kimberly Hughes

AGA2019:  Sex and Asex - President Maria Orive

AGA2018:  Origins of Adaptive Radiation - President Rosemary Gillespie

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

Special Events Awards 2023

The AGA grants awards to its members for support of special events that advance its mission, particularly to enable students to attend the event. Details for the 2023 round will be available Autumn, 2022.

Did you publish in Journal of Heredity this past year?

The Outstanding Student Paper Award for the best student paper published in AGA's Journal of Heredity includes a cash prize of $2,000.

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Evolutionary, Ecological, or Conservation Genomics (EECG) Research Awards 2023

Funds to support final stages of genomic research projects available from the AGA for grad students and postdocs.
The round will open this fall, with results announced 15 April.

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Announcing the 2022 Evolutionary, Ecological, and Conservation Genomics (EECG) Research Awards

Twelve PhD students and four postdocs receive funding.

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2022 Student-Authored Paper Award Outcome

Sheela Turbek wins award for best student-authored paper in the 2021 volume of Journal of Heredity

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2022 Special Event Awards

3 courses and workshops receive funding

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2021 Evolutionary, Ecological, and Conservation Genomics (EECG) Research Awards

Thirteen students/postdocs receive award funding for research projects

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Best student-authored article by Tolulope Perrin-Stowe

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2018 Special Event Awards

4 courses and workshops receive funding

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2018 Ecological, Evolutionary and Conservation Genomics (EECG)

Seven students/postdocs receive award funding for research projects

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2019 Special Event Awards

8 courses and workshops receive funding

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2019 Evolutionary, Ecological, and Conservation Genomics (EECG) Research Awards

Eight students/postdocs receive award funding for research projects

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2020 Stephen J O

Best student-authored article by Marshall Wedger

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Genetic Diversity in American Trotting Horses

Read the article by Esdaile et al., just out in JHered https://doi.org/10.1093/jhered/esab070

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New blog post: The Proof is in the Pedigree

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.

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Planning your next Genetics / Genomics / Evolution course?

Check out our free reviews and perspectives!

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Conserving an urban toad

Read our final Editor's Choice article of the year by Neal et al.

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Pangolin Phylogeny Helps Save Them from Extinction

Read the JHered article by Gaubert et al. for free: https://doi.org/10.1093/jhered/esx097

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Humans are Sumatran rhinos biggest threat -- and last hope

Read the JHered article for free at https://doi.org/10.1093/jhered/esy019

photo by Dave Jenike, Cincinnati Zoo

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The 3 domains of conservation genetics

Boldly visualized by Brian Bowen with an Orlog metaphor, wherein the actions of the past and present influence future outcomes. FREE online

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New blog post: In a naturally-replicated experiment, cacti and flies stick together

Learn about the fascinating world of cactus-loving Drosophila species, which was the topic of Journal of Heredity's special issue in January!

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New blog post: The dichotomy in the diversity of vertebrate sex chromosome systems

AGA EECG award and Stephen J. O'Brien Award winner Dr. Will Gammerdinger explains the dichotomy in the diversity of vertebrate sex chromosome systems.

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New blog post: Where do wood frogs go when there

University of Alabama at Birmingham's Elise Keister explains Dr. Jared Homola et al.

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Online tool speeds response to elephant poaching by tracing ivory to source

Read the JHered article for free at https://doi.org/10.1093/jhered/esz058

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Migratory secrets of recovering whale species

Read the open access article by Carroll et al. at JHered https://doi.org/10.1093/jhered/esaa010

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Current issue has 3 EECG-awardee articles

Journal of Heredity issue 111-4 includes articles on their EECG-funded research by Daniel Portik (2015), Nicholas Kooyers (2017), and Rebekah Oomen (2019).

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How many angelfish dance in the sea?

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.

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Genetics show that the Florida kingsnake is really 3 species

Read the JHered article by Krysko et al. FOR FREE https://doi.org/10.1093/jhered/esw086

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Invasive Lionfish May Be Superfish Hybrids

Read the JHered article by Wilcox, Motomura, Matsunuma, and Bowen here: https://doi.org/10.1093/jhered/esx056

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Are Mendel’s Data Reliable?

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

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Researchers chart advances in marine mammal genetic sequencing

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

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New blog post: Well-behaved cicadas, messy symbionts: an audio story about cicada mitochondrial genomes

Listen to our latest blog post, an audio story about Dr. Piotr Lukasik et al.

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Southeast Alaska wolves — Subspecies or not?

Further debate from experts on wolves in Southeastern Alaska and Mexico. TODAY in Journal of Heredity

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Statement of the Council of the American Genetic Association

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

AGA Hosts Big Cat Workshop

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Issue 113-4 now online!

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by Jente Ottenburghs

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by Robin Waples

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