Anoles (and Other Lizards) at SMBE 2014

SMBE2014-600x360The annual meeting of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution meetings start this weekend in San Juan, PR and there are a number of talks and posters to appeal to the squamatophile.

There are three presentations from AA contributors (Marc Tollis and Tony Gamble) using anole genomic data, as well as posters and talks on phylogeography of Puerto Rican Sphaerodactylus, and genome-scale studies of Sceloporus, skinks, and snakes. You can see the full list after the jump.


Marc Tollis has both a talk and a poster on the schedule:

De Novo Sequencing of Three Anole Lizards and Comparative Genomic Analysis of a Neotropical Adaptive Radiation
Marc Tollis*1, Elizabeth Hutchins1, Walter Eckalbar1, Michael Crusoe1, Catherine May1, Jessica Stapley2, Elise Kulik1, Matt Huentelman3, Rebecca Fisher1,4, Kenro Kusumi1
1School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, USA, 2Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama, 3Translational Genomics Research Institute, USA, 4University of Arizona College of Medicine, USA
Monday 9th June: S4: Evolutionary and conservation genomics of Neotropical vertebrates ‐ 9th June 15.30 ‐ 17.00

Cold‐blooded Vertebrates Provide Insights into the Evolution of Genome Size and Structure

Marc Tollis*1,3, Eryn Blass1, Peter Novick1, Catherine May3, Kenro Kusumi3, Stéphane Boissinot1,2
1Queens College, City University of New York, USA, 2Graduate Center of the City University of New York, USA, 3School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, USA
Thursday 12th June: Coffee Break & Posters 2001 ‐ 2289 ‐ 12th June 11.45 ‐ 12.15


Although the title might not give it away, Tony Gamble will present an anole-heavy poster:

Identification of sex‐specific molecular markers using restriction site associated DNA sequencing (RAD‐seq)
Tony Gamble*, David Zarkower
University of Minnesota, USA
Thursday 12th June: Coffee Break & Posters 2001 ‐ 2289 ‐ 12th June 11.45 ‐ 12.15


There will be a poster on the phylogeography of Caribbean island geckos:

Colonization of Islands in the Mona Passage by Endemic Dwarf Geckoes (genus Sphaerodactylus) Reconstructed with a Mitochondrial Phylogeny
Alondra Diaz‐Lameiro*, Taras Oleksyk, Fernando Bird‐Pico, Juan Carlos Martinez‐Cruzado
University of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico
Monday 9th June: Life Technologies Lunchtime Symposium / Posters 1001 ‐ 1278 ‐ 9th June 13.00 ‐ 15.30


Sceloporus genomics will be represented by the Leaché lab:

Comparative species divergence across eight triplets of spiny lizards (Sceloporus) using genomic sequence data
Adam Leaché1,2, Rebecca Harris*1,2, Max Maliska1, Charles Linkem1
1University of Washington, USA, 2Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, USA
Thursday 12th June: Coffee Break & Posters 2001 ‐ 2289 ‐ 12th June 11.45 ‐ 12.15


The Greenbaum lab will present a poster on skink systematics:

Systematics of Snake‐eyed Skinks in the Panaspis wahlbergi Complex
Maria Fernanda Medina*1, Eli Greenbaum1, Aaron Bauer2, William Branch3
1The University of Texas at El Paso, USA, 2Villanova University, USA, 3Bayworld Museum, South Africa
Monday 9th June: Life Technologies Lunchtime Symposium / Posters 1001 ‐ 1278 ‐ 9th June 13.00 ‐ 15.30


There will be three presentations on snake molecular genetics, evolution and virology:

Blue‐shifted rhodopsin expressed in transmuted cones of the diurnal colubrid snake Thamnophis proximus
Ryan Schott*1, Clement Yang1, Nihar Bhattacharyya1, Natalie Chan1, Mengshu Xu1, Ellis Loew2, James Morrow1, Johannes Müller3, Belinda Chang1
1University of Toronto, Canada, 2Cornell University, USA, 3Museum für Naturkunde, Germany
Tuesday 10th June: S13: Biochemistry meets molecular evolution ‐ 10th June 09.30 ‐ 11.00

Endogenous hepdnaviruses, bornaviruses and circoviruses in snakes
Clement Gilbert1, Jesse Meik2, Sarah Schaack*>3
1Université de Poitiers, France, 2Tarleton State University, USA, 3Reed College, USA
Wednesday 11th June: S31: Paleovirology: Endogenous viral elements (EVEs) and their evolutionary impacts ‐ 11th June 17.30 ‐ 19.00

Molecular evolution of vision in snakes: more than meets the eye?
Bruno Simões*1, Filipa Sampaio1, David Hunt3, Julian Partridge2,4, Nathan Hart4, David Gower1
1Life Sciences Department, The Natural History Museum, UK, 2School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol, UK, 3School of Animal Biology and Lions Eye Institute, University of Western Australia, Australia, 4Neuroecology Group (M317), School of Animal Biology and The Oceans Institute, The University of Western Australia, Australia
Monday 9th June: Life Technologies Lunchtime Symposium / Posters 1001 ‐ 1278 ‐ 9th June 13.00 ‐ 15.30


Finally, <shameless plug> I will present a methods poster, which could (and I hope, will) be applied to anoles once we have population level genome sequences. </shameless plug>

A method to scan genomes for introgression in a secondary contact model
Anthony Geneva*1, Sarah Kingan1, Carlos A. Machado2, Daniel Garrigan1
1The University of Rochester, USA, 2The University of Maryland, USA
Thursday 12th June: Coffee Break & Posters 2001 ‐ 2289 ‐ 12th June 11.45 ‐ 12.15

2 thoughts on “Anoles (and Other Lizards) at SMBE 2014

  1. Anthony, is there a twitter hashtag to follow the meetings? I haven’t seen any more postings about the meetings here so was hoping to follow what’s up? Maybe no one is tweeting?

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