Workshop Dates: June 2 – 8, 2019

2019 Applications due February 9, 2019

Venue: Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

New for GDW2019: we extend our invitation to our colleagues working on disease in domesticated species including companion animals and livestock!

Wildlife biodiversity can be drastically affected by the outbreak and transmission of disease pathogens in both natural habitats and ex situ populations. Recent technological advances in genomic sciences and increasingly affordable Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) assay costs have coalesced to result in powerful tools to monitor, detect, and reconstruct the past, present and future role of pathogens within wildlife biodiversity. This 3rd annual ‘Genomics of Disease in Wildlife’ workshop will provide hands-on training for researchers seeking to incorporate genomic data into their wildlife disease related projects.  The course will be taught by a core group of experts in genome data analyses along with invited pre-eminent scientists researching host-pathogen genomics in wildlife.

The workshop will provide intensive computer training and hands-on analyses of ‘real world’ genomic data of both host and pathogen including:

  • Genome Assembly
  • Multiple Sequence Alignments
  • Phylogenetic Reconstruction
  • Adaptation and Selection
  • Population Genomics
  • Targeted Variant Identification

An optional Command Line Pre-workshop Clinic will be offered by two of our instructors Bob Fitak, Ph.D. and Mark Stenglein Ph.D. on June 2, 2019 to help you brush up on your computer skills.

Who may apply:

We encourage applications from graduate students, post-doctorates, faculty, and wildlife professionals from academia, non-profits, and government agencies from around the world investigating disease of vertebrate wildlife.  We encourage those with skills and interests from some or all of the following fields of research: genome sciences & bioinformatics, animal health & veterinary sciences, wildlife biology & conservation, disease ecology of host & pathogen to apply.  To ensure the best possible teaching environment, applications will be evaluating by a selection committee and participation limited to 24-26 individuals.

Workshop Director & Host:

Dr. Jill Pecon-Slattery,
Smithsonian Conservation
Biology Institute
& Colorado State University

Workshop Partnership & Venue Host:

Dr. Sue Vandewoude headshot 2014

Dr. Sue VandeWoude,
Colorado State University

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