The semester began with attendance at the Plant and Animal Genome Conference XXI, which was held in San Diego, California. We presented some initial data about the flowering dogwood (Cornus florida L.) genome, met a number of wonderful new people, and caught up with old friends. After returning from San Diego, classes at VCU started. This semester I am co-teaching BIOL 691: Genomics and Phylogenetics with Dr. Maria Rivera and BIOL 693: Ecological Genomics. Grant season was also upon lab, with two NSF preliminary proposals and a Jeffress Memorial Trust grant application being submitted in January alone. More submissions are also in the works, as the NSF IOS PGRP is due in March.
|Richmond at night|
Several papers have been published, are in review, or are on the verge of submission. The opinion piece about landscape genomics for forest trees has finally been accepted at Tree Genetics and Genomes, while several papers addressing adaptive evolution in various Pinus species and gene expression associations are in review. On the horizon are papers about the ecological genetics of sugar pine, the effects of sulfate deposition on red spruce (Picea rubens Sarg.) populations, and a new method for detection of putatively adaptive genomic regions.