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Amazon-Andes Geo-Genomics Early Career Researchers Workshop

Friday, December 14, 2018, 8:00 AM * 8:00 am - Monday, December 17, 2018, 5:00 PM * 5:00 pm

Workshop Overview

CEES will be hosting the Amazon-Andes Geo-Genomics Early Career Researchers Workshop December 14-17, 2018 at Graylyn International Conference Center.

The FESD project “The Dynamics of Mountains, Landscapes and Climate in the Distribution and Generation of Biodiversity of the Amazon/Andean Forest” has brought together a diverse group of researchers trained in an array of scientific disciplines with the ultimate goal of understanding how geology and climate have shaped biodiversity of the modern Amazon/Andean forest through time. The project has yielded a number of papers addressing fundamental issues such as the dynamics and timing of the formation of the Andes (Horton, 2017, 2018; Kar et al., 2016), nature and dynamics of climate variability (Baker and Fritz, 2015), macroecology and evolution of Andean aquatic ecosystems (Velez et al., 2017) and geological constraints of genetic evolution (Ribas et al 2012). Nevertheless, some fundamental (and ambitious) questions about the link between physical components (mountains, climate, rivers, geology) and distribution of biodiversity over space and time still remain. Click here to access the abstracts from the papers addressing this research. 

The early-career researchers (ECR) involved in this FESD project come with fresh and innovative ideas that may help to fulfil this gap and contribute to advance in the topic of Neotropical diversification. This workshop will bring together ECR (graduate students and postdocs) with the goal of synthesizing available knowledge and results derived from the project to frame unresolved questions. In this workshop we will socialize our results to the group in a series of talks/short lectures that will provide each of the participants with a basic understanding of all the disciplines involved and the most relevant results. The immediate goal is to identify a route in which we can transform this effort in a tangible product that will pave the way for future collaborative research project(s) lead by the ECR team.

Workshop Agenda

Day one: Research questions and goals

  • Introductory talks
  • Group discussions: clarifying concepts, time scales and approaches (“modeling vs proxying”). Seeking consensus for next days 2 and 3.

Day two: Data sets and methods

  • Morning: Datasets: biodiversity, phylogenetics, uplift/paleoelevation proxies
  • Afternoon: Methods: numerical modeling approaches to link proxies across time scales

Day three: Outline workshop conclusions and outputs. Seeking consensus on variation and patterns in time scales and proxies.


Friday, December 14, 2018, 8:00 AM @ 8:00 am
Monday, December 17, 2018, 5:00 PM @ 5:00 pm


Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability