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AGA Elections November, 2020

Voting is over for 2020.

This year the AGA will conduct Council elections on our own website.  All member will receive voting instructions by email.  As usual, we have a remarkable slate of candidates, who are dedicated to advancing our mission to encourage the study of comparative genetics and genomics, and to ensure that participation in this field reflects the diversity of our broader community.

Thank you in advance for helping to choose the representatives of your Association – your participation helps to shape our future directions.

Candidates for President:

James Mallet : Professor in Residence (2017-), Distinguished Lecturer (2012-2017), OEB, Harvard University; Professor of Biological Diversity (2000-2013, Emeritus since 2013), Reader (1996-2000), Lecturer (1991-1996), GEE, UCL, London; Assistant Professor (1988-1992), Entomology, Mississippi State University. Education: PhD (1984), University of Texas; MSc (1978), University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne; BA (1976) Oxford University.

Awards: Darwin-Wallace Medal, Linnean Society of London (2009); Helen Putnam Fellow, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University (2009-2010); Fellow, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (2008-2009); Vice President for the Rest of the World, Society for the Study of Evolution (2000); Profesor Asociado, Instituto de Genética, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá (1990-); Investigador Asociado, Museo de Historia Natural, Universidad Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, (1987-); Natural Environment Research Council Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (1985-1988); Frazer Scholarship, Balliol College, Oxford University (1973-1976).

Service: NSF DEB panels (2012-2013); Director, Centre for Ecology and Evolution, London (2007-2009); Editorial board member, BioScience (2005-2012); Special Editor, Evolution (2001-2004); Editorial board member, Royal Society Journals, London (1999-2006); Associate Editor, Evolution (1996-2000). Invited speaker for AGA2013 and AGA2018 symposia, published in JHered.

Research Interests: Speciation and evolutionary genomics. I am fascinated by the effects of hybridization among species in adaptive radiations, which until recently were deemed negligible. I have long specialized on Heliconius butterflies, but I have also studied evolution in other Lepidoptera.

 

Lila Fishman : I am an evolutionary geneticist who studies adaptation, speciation and selfish evolution, primarily in monkeyflowers (Mimulus). My research program tends to gravitate toward weird empirical phenomena that demand explanation (and ultimately provide insight into fundamental processes with applied significance). Thus, recent topics range from meiotic drive by centromeres and the role of translocations in hybrid sterility to fine-scale adaptation to extreme geothermal soils in Yellowstone National Park and the maintenance of within-population fitness variation by fluctuating selection.

After receiving my PhD from Princeton University, I did postdoctoral research with John Willis at the University of Oregon and Duke University. I joined the faculty of the University of Montana in 2003 and am now a Professor in the Organismal Biology, Ecology, and Evolution program.

In addition to service on grant review/advisory panels, I have been an Associate Editor for Evolution and currently serve on the Advisory Board of New Phytologist. As a prior council member of the American Genetic Association (2014-2017), I helped develop and implement the new-at-the-time EECG Student Research Award program. This was an inspiring introduction to the group's tangible commitment to its missions of promoting "the study of comparative genetics and genomics, in order to document, conserve, and manage organismal diversity" and inclusively supporting the next generation of researchers. I am excited for the opportunity, as President, to further serve the AGA in support of these goals.

 

Candidates for Council:

Brook Moyers : I study how and why individuals vary using population and quantitative genetics approaches, with a focus on crop plants and their wild relatives.  I earned my PhD in 2015 from the University of British Columbia working with Loren Rieseberg, then moved to Colorado State University and collaborated with John McKay during my NSF Plant Genome Research Program funded postdoc.  As a postdoc I worked as an Associate Features Editor for The Plant Cell, writing plain-language summaries of original research.  I am now an Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Massachusetts Boston.  I also serve as a certified instructor with the Carpentries, an organization that works to train academics in best practices for data management and research computing, and as the Massachusetts representative for a multistate research coordinating committee on Sustaining the Future of Plant Breeding.

The AGA contributed substantially to my professional development as an early career researcher, including sponsoring a symposium I co-organized on the Genomics of Adaptation to Human Contexts. On Council I hope to contribute to continued efforts to support early career researchers, to amplify the voices of diverse geneticists, and to communicate genetics research to the scientific and broader public communities.

 

Jose ("Joe") Lopez : Professor Lopez’s research at Nova Southeastern University’s Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography (NSU HCNSO) pivots on the action of genes/genomes, microbes and evolution.  For nearly 25 years, his work has applied genomics tools to address various specific questions in marine biology, invertebrate-microbial symbiosis, microbial ecology, forensics, metagenomics, gene expression, and systematics/phylogenetics.

Professor Lopez is part of the DEEPEND Consortium (http://www.deependconsortium.org) to better understand food webs and marine microbial distributions in the deep Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He was one of the founding members for the non-profit Global Invertebrate Genomics Alliance (GIGA - http://GIGA-cos.org), and is now GIGA president conveying the mission to help coordinate marine invertebrate whole genome sequencing and bioinformatics training for students. GIGA has had a close association with the AGA since its inception, and is also part of the wider Earth Biogenome Project (https://www.earthbiogenome.org/).

Lopez’s symbiosis research has focused on microbial communities (“microbiomes”) of sponges, sharks, humans and bats, and recently completed a National Institutes of Justice project to apply microbiome signatures to human forensics science.  The Lopez molecular genomics laboratory now applies metagenomics methods to characterize the water quality of local S. Florida habitats, especially focusing on microbiomes related to harmful algal blooms (HABs).

 Lopez has published over 70 peer-reviewed papers, including three book chapters, and also has served as an AGA member and Journal of Heredity Associate Editor since 2008. He is an active member Sigma Xi and Phi Kappa Phi. He was recently recognized as NSU’s President’s Distinguished Professor, and Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography Professor of the Year (2018-2019).

 

Alfred Roca : Dr. Alfred Roca is currently full professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He earned his doctorate at Harvard University, then conducted research at the Laboratory of Genomic Diversity of the National Cancer Institute before joining UIUC.

For the AGA, he has served as an academic editor for three years, and as referee for a considerable number of manuscripts. He has published 82 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, given 49 invited lectures, and served on 20 grant review panels. He is genetics co-advisor on the Rhino Research Council and serves on the Molecular Data for Population Management Scientific Advisory Group of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

His research interests involve evolutionary processes examined at the molecular level, in two areas: (1) evolutionary, population and conservation genetics of mammals, conducting research on the genetics/genomics of African elephants, Asian rhinos, other endangered species, and domestic mammals; (2) the evolution of mammalian retroviruses and virus-host genome interactions, notably how retroviruses impact the germ lines of mammalian hosts.

 

Stacy Krueger-Hadfield : I am an evolutionary ecologist and Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. My lab studies life cycle and mating system evolution in marine, freshwater, and alpine habitats to understand more about the evolutionary maintenance of sex. We focus mainly on algae, but dabble in invertebrates, specifically cnidarians.

I earned a BS in Environmental Biology and a MS in Marine Biology both at Cal State Northridge in southern California. I undertook my dissertation research at the Station Biologique de Roscoff and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC), spending most of my time in northwestern France with some brief interludes in Santiago, Chile. I ultimately earned my PhD from the Université de Pierre et Marie Curie Sorbonee Universités and from the Católica in Chile in 2011 (co-tutelle or co-tutela). I was a post-doc at the Marine Biological Association followed by the College of Charleston before forming my lab at UAB in 2016.

I am currently the Social Media Editor at the AGA, where I have been building the AGA Blog since January 2020. With Anjanette Baker, I also manage the AGA Twitter account. I was an invited speaker at the symposium in 2019 (Sex and Asex).

I am an Editorial Board member and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Phycology as part of the Phycological Society of America. I am a current Norma Lang Early Career Fellows at the PSA. I serve as an Associate Editor at Cryptogamie Algologie and Marine Biodiversity Records.

Voting is over for 2020.

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