Our friend and colleague Dr. Robert (Bob) K. Wayne lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on December 26, 2022. He was a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he spent the majority of his career. As our community mourns his passing, we want to celebrate his life and his many contributions to science, biodiversity conservation, and the promotion of student success.
As part of our celebration of Bob and his work, the American Genetic Association is establishing the Robert K. Wayne Conservation Scholarship and Research Fund to support graduate students whose research directly benefits a threatened species. The AGA will provide an initial endowment sufficient to support one $6000 scholarship, and welcomes donations from members of our community who wish to grow the impact of this Fund in Bob’s honor.
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.
The AGA's EECG Research Awards provide funds to support the final stages of genomic research projects for grad students and postdocs.
The AGA 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.
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.
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
Twelve PhD students and four postdocs receive funding.
Sheela Turbek wins award for best student-authored paper in the 2021 volume of Journal of Heredity
3 courses and workshops receive funding
Thirteen students/postdocs receive award funding for research projects
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
Read the article by Esdaile et al., just out in JHered https://doi.org/10.1093/jhered/esab070
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.
Check out our free reviews and perspectives!
Read our final Editor's Choice article of the year by Neal et al.
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
Boldly visualized by Brian Bowen with an Orlog metaphor, wherein the actions of the past and present influence future outcomes. FREE online
Learn about the fascinating world of cactus-loving Drosophila species, which was the topic of Journal of Heredity's special issue in January!
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.
Read the JHered article for free at https://doi.org/10.1093/jhered/esz058
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).
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
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
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
Listen to our latest blog post, an audio story about Dr. Piotr Lukasik et al.
Further debate from experts on wolves in Southeastern Alaska and Mexico. TODAY in Journal of Heredity
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
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