Evolution, Human Sciences and Liberty

The Program - June 01 to 05, 2013

JUNE 1st

Registration
16:00 - 19:30 Registration
Opening Ceremony
19:30 - 20:00 Welcome Speech
Carlos Montúfar
Provost of Universidad San Francisco de Quito
20:00 - 20:20 Launching of the Lynn Margulis Center for Evolutionary Biology
Antonio Lazcano
President of the LMCEB, Universidad San Francisco de Quito;
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico

JUNE 2nd

Session 1: Evolution and Society
9:00 - 9:30 Evolutionary Literacy in Ecuador
Stella de la Torre
Dean of the Biological and Environmental Sciences, Universidad San Francisco de Quito
9:30 - 9:45   Evolutionary Theory Beyond Biology
Diego Quiroga
Director of the Research Department, Universidad San Francisco de Quito
9:45 - 10:30 Evolution, Science, Pseudo Science and the Public's Perception of Reality
Guillermo  Paz - y - Miño - C
University of Massachusetts,  USA
Evolution & Society
15 minutes talks
10:30 - 10:45 Wallace Underscrutiny: Role of the Fluvial Barriers in the Diversification of Amazonian Amphibians
Santiago R. Ron
Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador
10:45 - 11:00 The Impact of Evolutionary Concepts on Society: The Example of Education
Paul Howard - Jones
University of Bristol, United Kingdom
11:00 - 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 - 11:30 Plant Mating System Evolutionary Responses to Anthropogenic Pollinator Decline
Sarah A. Bodbyl Roels,
Michigan State University, USA
11:30 - 11:45 Homology - as - synapomorphy: The Continuing Controversy and its Bearingon the Teaching of Evolution
Mario Pinna
Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
11:45 - 12:05 Evolutionary Narratives in Natural History Museums
María Isabel Landim
Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
12:05 - 13:15 Tour: Galapagos Science Center (GSC) and Galapagos Institute for the Arts and Sciences (GAIAS)
13:15 - 15:15 Lunch
Session 2: Precellular Evolution and the RNA world
15:15 - 16:00 Pre - Bacterial Bonding Apparatus?
Ada Yonath
2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Structural Biology Department, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
16:00 - 16:40 RNA Molecules: From Zymonucleic Acids To Ribozymes
Antonio Lazcano
President of the LMCEB, USFQ;
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico
16:40 - 17:25 From Ancient to Modern RNA World and Vice Versa: Looking Through Viroids and Ribozyme Motifs
Marie - Christine Maurel
University Pierre and Marie Curie, France
19:30 - 21:00 Lynn Margulis Center for Evolutionary Biology Board Meeting
at Galapagos Science Center

JUNE 3rd

Session 3: Behavior and Environment
8:30 - 9:10 The Evolution of Cooperation
Charles Snowdon
University of Wisconsin, USA
9:15 - 10:00 Holobionts and Evolution
Forest Rohwer
Cell and Molecular Biology Program, San Diego State University, USA
10:00 - 10:30 Evolution of the Galapagos Flightless Cormorants
Carlos Valle
Co-director del Galapagos Institute for the Arts and Sciences, Universidad San Francisco de Quito
10:30 - 11:00 Evolution in Light of Expanding Destruction in the Amazon
Kelly Swing
Director of the Tiputini Biodiversity Station, Universidad San Francisco de Quito
11:00 - 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 - 12:00 Evolution of Disease - Causing Organisms: Galapagos as a Natural Laboratory
Patricia G. Parker
Des Lee Professor of Zoological Studies and Chair Department of Biology, University of Missouri, USA
  Behavior, environment
15 minutes talks
12:00 - 12:15 Zebra Finches use Visual Perspective Taking and Behavior Reading to Outcompete Conspecifics
Guillermo Paz - y - Miño - C
University of Massachusetts, USA
12:15 - 12:30 Natural Selection, Quantitative Genetics and Bioenergetics of an Invasive Species: The Land Snail Cornu Aspersum
Roberto F. Nespolo
Universidad Austral de Chile, Chile
12:30 - 12:45 The Role of Barriers in Generating Genetic Diversity across the Andes: Insights from the Chat - Tyrants, Genus Ochthoeca
Elisa Bonaccorso
Universidad Tecnológica Indoamérica, Ecuador
12:45 - 13:00 Epigenetic Inheritance and Evolution of Sociality in the Caninae: A Conceptual Macro Evolutionary Model
Ludwig Jiménez - Campos
Departamento de Biología, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia
13:05 - 15:00 Lunch
15:00 - 15:15 Geographical Bridges and Future Temporal Window for the Evolution of the Genus Epidendrum L. (Orchidaceae)
David Draper
Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja, Ecuador
15:15 - 15:30 Neotropical Diversification Seen through Glass Frogs
Juan Manuel Guayasamín
Universidad Tecnológica Indoamérica, Ecuador
15:30 - 15:45 Phylogenetic Analysis of the Phylum Nematoda Using the Actin, beta gamma 1gene sequences
Baral Barsha
Hamilton College, USA
15:45 - 16:00 Colonization and diversification of Galápagos Leaf - Toed Geckos (Phyllodactylidae: Phyllodactylus)
Omar Torres
Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Ecuador
16:00 - 16:15 New Brains, New Functions: What Can Polyclad Flatworms Tell Us about Regeneration of the Nervous System?
Federico D. Brown
Universidad de los Andes, Colombia;
Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral, Ecuador
16:15 - 16:30 Cranial Shape Estimation of Ancestors in the Subfamily Caninae
Jair Mora Gamboa
Departamento de Biología
Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia
16:30 - 16:50 Sexual Conflict and the Evolution of Genitalia: Calopteryx Males (Odonata) Remove more Sperm when Mating with a Heterospecific Female
Adolfo Cordero - Rivera,
Grupo ECOEVO;
Universidade de Vigo, EUET Forestal;
Universidade de Vigo, Campus Universitario, Spain
16:50 - 17:50 Poster Session
16:50 - 17:50 Tunicate Diversity in Ecuador
Gabriela Agurto
Universidad de los Andes, Colombia;
Escuela Politécnica del Litoral, Ecuador
Aquatic Insect Diversity along Altitudinal and Environmental Gradients in the Northern Tropical Andes of Ecuador
Andrea Encalada
Laboratorio de Ecología Acuática, Universidad San Francisco de Quito; Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University, USA; Department of Biology, Colorado State University, USA
Visual Transcriptomics of Seasonal Forms of the Butterfly Bicyclus Anynana
Aide Macias Muñoz
University of California, USA;
Yale University, USA
Genetic Diversity of Callithrix Pygmaea in the Ecuadorian Amazon
Claudia Terán
Universidad San Francisco de Quito
Discovering Hidden Diversity of Characiforms (Ostariophysi: Characiformes) in the Ecuadorian Amazon through and Barcoding Analyses
Daniel Escobar
Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Ecuador
Paragonimus and Paragonimiasis in Ecuador
Daniel Romero
Universidad Central del Ecuador, Ecuador
Exploring The Origin Of Introduced Populations of Scinax Quinquefasciatus (Anura: Hylidae) on The Galápagos Islands
Diana Pazmiño
Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Ecuador
Developmental Integration of Individuals During the Evolution of Coloniality
Stefanía Gutiérrez
Universidad de los Andes, Colombia;
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute;
Bocas del Toro, Panama
Nanomechanical Measurements of Archaeal Lipid Membrane Models
Frank Stetter
Technical University Munich, Germany
Reduction of the Leaflet Number from an Ancestral with Compound Leaves: Development in Metrodorea A.St. - Hil., a Neotropical Rutaceae Genus with Protective Leaf Bases
Gladys Pinna
Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
Evolutionary And Ecological Processes Occurring Among Native And Novel Plant Ecosystems In The Galapagos
Gonzalo Rivas - Torres
University of Florida USA;
Galapagos National Park, Ecuador
Assessment of the Genetic Diversity of Capulí (Prunus Serotina subsp. Capuli) in the Ecuadorian Highlands using SSR Markers
Juan José Guadalupe
Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador
First Record of the Invasive Tunicate Didemnum Vexillum in a Tropical Region
Leda Restrepo
Universidad de los Andes, Colombia
Evidences of Evolution in Isolated Colonies of the Bean Weevil Acanthoscelides Obtectus
Lucía Chávez
Universidad San Francisco de Quito
Are Endosymbionts Coevolving with Their Hosts?
Luciana Raggi
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México
Next Generation Genomics for Evolutionary and Biodiversity Discovery
Agostinho Antunes
Centro Interdisciplinar de Investigação Marinha e Ambiental;
Departamento de Biologia, Faculdade de Ciências, University of Porto
Using the Quaternary Fossil Record to Understand the Spatiotemporal Richness of Caribbean Lizard Communities
Melissa E. Kemp
Stanford University, USA
Coenzymes, Viruses and the RNA world
Ricardo Hernández - Morales
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico
Possible  gene transfer from Human E. coli to Sea Lion E. coli in Galapagos Islands
Sofía Barrera
Universidad San Francisco de Quito
A Molecular Systematics of the Genus Culicoides Latreille (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) from Ecuador
Sonia Zapata
Universidad San Francisco de Quito
Early Development of the Marine Sea Slug Dolabrifera Dolabrifera Compared to Traditional Spiralian Models
Yolanda Chávez
Laboratorio de Biología del Desarrollo, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Ecuador;
Laboratorio de Biología del Desarrollo Evolutiva, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia
Are Anoles from Yasuni Better Climbers than Caribean Anoles? An Evolutionary Approach
Camilo Mármol - Guijarro
Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Ecuador
Brocchi Darwin, Mendel and the Vatican: Species Stability, Hibridism, Transmutation and an Amazing Historical Irony
Nelio Bizzo
Universidade de São Paulo,  Brazil
Bringing Action to Evolution Education
Louise S. Mead
BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, Kellogg Biological Station, Michigan State University, USA
Adaptations to Varying Oxygen Levels: Gill Size of Andesiops Peruvianus (Insecta: Ephemeroptera) in an Altitudinal Gradient
Maja Celinscak
Universidad San Francisco de Quito
Craneo - Dental Shape Variation and Ecology throughout Caninae Subfamily (Canidae, Carnivora) a Geometric Morphometrics Tale
Carlos Fabian Morantes Ariza
Departamento de Biología, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia
Cranial Shape Comparison of Jackal Species (Canisaureus, C. Adustus and C. Mesomelas) and Its Relationship with Phylogenetic, Ecological and Behavioral Factors
Yacta Irene Rojas
Departamento de Biología, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia
Ancient DNA in Baltic Amber Revisited – Evidence for the Preservation of Archeon Genetic Material
Boguslaw Szewczyk
University of Gdansk, Gdansk;
University of Warsaw, Poland
Ecological Conditions for the Long Term Survival of Social Canids: a Mathematical Model
Rodrigo Gonzalez - Florian
Departamento de Biología, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia
Molecular Identification of Human Papilloma Virus Genotype 16 Variants in Ecuador
Diana Muñoz
Universidad San Francisco de Quito
Molecular Characterization of Burkholderia Cepacia by Multilocus Sequence Typing (MLST)
Lorena Mejía
Universidad San Francisco de Quito

JUNE 4th

8:00 - 16:00 Field Trip

JUNE 5th

Session 4: Genome
8:30 - 9:15 Interrogating Genome Activity. Lessons Learned from the ENCODE Project
Roderic Guigo
Centre de Regulacio Genomica, Universitat Pompeu, Spain;
ENCODE Project
9:15 - 10:00 Human Adaptation: The Molecular Footprints
Rasmus Nielsen
Center of Theoretical Evolutionary Genomics, University of California, USA
10:00 - 10:20 Alternate Histories for Life: Resurrecting and Re - evolving Ancient Molecules
Betül Kacar
NASA Astrobiology Institute, USA;
Georgia Institute of Technology
10:20 - 10:35 Coffee Break
Session 5: Microbes and Disease
10:35 - 11:20 Micro and Macro Evolution of Unicellular Eukaryotes: The Tale of the
Entamoeba Lineages

Avelina Espinosa
Department of Biology, Roger Williams University, USA
11:20 - 11:45 Staphylococcus Aureus Sequence Type 398: Evidence for Bidirectional Zoonosis and Rapid Host Adaptation
Lance B. Price
Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), USA
11:45 - 12:30 Highly Fit Pathogens – Where to They Come From, How do they Evolve and Do they Really go Extinct?
Paul Keim
Center Microbial Genetics and Genomics, Northern Arizona University, USA
12:30 - 14:30 Lunch
14:30 - 14:50 The Forces Behind the Spread of Virulence and Antibiotic Resistance
Gabriel Trueba
Instituto de Microbiología, Universidad San Francisco de Quito
14:50 - 15:40 Multidimensional Darwinism: Genetic Hypercode and Evolutionary Individuals in Bacterial Antibiotic Resistance
Fernando Baquero
Ramón y Cajal University Hospital, Spain
15:40 - 15:55 A Case for 1.4 billion Year Old Dimorphic Fungi: New Views on the Early Evolution of Eukaryotes
Zachary Adam
Montana State University, USA.
Session 6: Conclusions and Closing Ceremony
15:55 - 17:00 Antonio Lazcano President of the LMCEB, USFQ
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico
19:00 - 21:00 Farewell Party
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