2022 AGA Presidential Symposium

Selfish Evolution: Mechanisms & Consequences of Genetic Conflict

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 2022 Special Events Award Round is now open

Deadline 31 January 2022      Awards announced 1 April 2022

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 2022 EECG Award Round is now closed

Deadline 14 December 2021      Awards announced 15 March 2022

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.


Results of the AGA Council Elections

We are pleased to welcome:

Over 35% of our members voted!  Thank you for your active participation in your society.  All of our esteemed candidates' biographies are available here


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 by Sarah McPeek and Symposium Snippets by assorted attendees on the AGA Blog

Articles from AGA2020 are now online, JHered issue will be out in January!


Presidents' Symposia Issues in JHered


President Maria Orive's issue now online
authors' posts are on the AGA Blog




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

Special Events Awards 2022

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.

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Did you publish in Journal of Heredity this past year?

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.

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2019 Stephen J O'Brien award

Best student-authored article by William J. Gammerdinger

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2018 Stephen J O'Brien award

Best student-authored article by Frances Clark

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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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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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2020 Special Event Awards

8 courses and workshops receive funding

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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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Penguins come together

Why are previously isolated little blue penguin colonies now mixing it up?

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How many types of tigers are there?

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.

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OUP Blog on Giant Galapagos Tortoises

Hot off the press!
And all three articles by these authors in JHered 109-6 are freely available for the next 3 weeks!

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Editor's Choice Free Access

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.

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Rare white whale sighted

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.

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Finding the 'conservación' in conservation genetics

Read the Special Issue now! Freely available at http://jhered.oxfordjournals.org/content/106/S1.toc

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OPEN ACCESS Perspective article

OPEN ACCESS Perspective article on black-footed ferret cloning by our AE and AGA Council member Oliver Ryder and others.

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This issue includes research and review articles from President Katie Peichel's 2015 AGA Symposium, 'Chromosome Evolution: Molecular Mechanisms & Evolutionary Consequences'

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New Journal of Heredity Website

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.

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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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This collection arose from an AGA-sponsored workshop held at Arizona State University. Melissa Wilson Sayres, Guest Editor.

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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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Two FREE ACCESS feline articles in this issue

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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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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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FREE Perspective article on the new Lagomorph Genomics Consortium

Latest issue of the Journal now online, including our latest Genome Consortium white paper

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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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We welcome new Associate Editors

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.

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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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Planning this Fall's Genetics / Genomics / Evolution course?

Check out our free reviews and perspectives!

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Nocturnal, flightless, endangered 'owl parrot'

A new JHered study has found European colonisation in New Zealand is to blame for a decline in kākāpō numbers.
photo credit Andrew Digby, NZ Dept of Conservation

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Interspecies Hybrids Play a Vital Role in Evolution

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

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Call for Papers for Journal of Heredity!

1. Next Generation Phylogeography & Phylogenomics
2. Genome Mapping and Genome Evolution in Non-Model Organism
3. Bioinformatics

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AGA members receive 20% off OUP academic titles

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!

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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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We have a blog!

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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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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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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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New blog post: Will the South China tiger make its way back to the wild again?

Dr. Caitlin Curry explains Zhang et al.'s recent JHered Editor's Choice article on the AGA blog

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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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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

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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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Conserving an urban toad

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

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New Organization Brings Together Top Researchers to Sequence the Genomes of Invertebrates

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!

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AGA supports ConGen for its 20th year

A great interview with Journal of Heredity Associate Editor Taras Oleksyk on the training on conservation geneticists at the annual ConGen workshops.

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Upcoming Special Events

July 26 to 31, 2015: 8th International Conference on Stickleback Behavior and Evolution

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Just in time for Christmas

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.

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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

ReGeneC Workshop, Bolivia, 14-28 January 2018

The 12th conservation genetics workshop for South American students, 'New challenges in the Anthropocene'. AGA has sponsored students for all 12!

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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!

Save the Date for AGA2020 REDUX!

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.

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AGA Hosts Big Cat Workshop

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