Joseph Travis - (Chair)
Dr. Joseph Travis is the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of Biological Science at Florida State University. Dr. Travis’ research and expertise is on understanding the interplay between ecological processes and how these processes influence population variation in animal and plant phenotypes and density. His current work focuses on the ecology and evolution of livebearing fishes such as guppies and mosquitofish, and how demography (location of habitat) results in unique, localized traits. Dr. Travis began his career at Florida State as an assistant professor in 1980 and was promoted through the ranks, eventually serving as Department Chair (1991-1997) and Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences (2005-2011). He teaches the undergraduate course in evolution for majors in biological science and a graduate course in population ecology. He has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Evolutionary Biology, Oecologia, Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics, and The American Naturalist, and served as editor of The American Naturalist from 1998 to 2002. Dr. Travis served as Vice-President (1994) and President (2005) of the American Society of Naturalists and is currently serving as President of the American Institute of Biological Sciences. He has also served on advisory boards for the National Science Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and was a member of the National Academies Committee on Gene Drive Research in Non-Human Organisms: Recommendations for Responsible Conduct (2015 to 2018) and chair of the Committee on Evaluating the Taxonomic Status of the Mexican Gray Wolf and the Red Wolf (2018 to 2019). He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his doctoral degree from Duke University.
Fred W. Allendorf
Dr. Fred W. Allendorf is a Regents Professor Emeritus of Biology at the University of Montana. He was a Professorial Research Fellow at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand, 2005-2012). He was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Aarhus in Denmark, and a NATO Fellow at Nottingham University in England. He is an evolutionary geneticist who has spent much of his career applying the theory and molecular techniques of population genetics to problems in conservation. Much of his work in evolutionary genetics has been devoted to understanding the genetics of salmonid fishes following a whole genome duplication event (tetraploidy). He was Program Director of Population Biology at the National Science Foundation in 1989-1990, a Senior Fulbright Fellow in New Zealand in 2000-2001, and a Senior Fulbright Specialist at the University of Western Australia in 2013. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was President of the American Genetic Association in 1997, and he has served on the editorial boards of several international journals (e.g., Evolution, Conservation Genetics, Molecular Ecology, and Conservation Biology). He received the American Fisheries Society’s Award of Excellence in recognition of outstanding contributions to fisheries science and aquatic biology in 2011, and the Molecular Ecology Prize for lifetime achievements in the fields of molecular ecology and conservation genetics in 2015. He received a B.S. in Zoology from Penn State University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Fisheries and Genetics from the University of Washington.
Liliana Cortes Ortiz
Dr. Liliana Cortés Ortiz is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on understanding processes and mechanisms involved in the evolution and diversification of primates. Through the use of genetic and genomic approaches, Dr. Cortés Ortiz and her students address questions on phylogenetics, phylogeography, and evolutionary history of neotropical primates. They also study a natural hybrid zone between two species of howler monkeys in Mexico to evaluate the importance of introgression as a source of genetic variation and identify the genetic architecture of reproductive isolation between hybridizing species. Her work includes field-based data/sample collection and laboratory-based molecular work. Dr. Cortés Ortiz is Vice President for the Neotropics - Mesoamerica of the Primate Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Dr. Cortés Ortiz received a B.Sc. in Biology from the Universidad Veracruzana in Mexico, a M.Sc. in Neuroethology also from the Universidad Veracruzana, and a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the University of East Anglia in England.
Dr. Melanie Culver is an assistant professor at the Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, University of Arizona (UA) in Tucson, which she joined in 2002. She is also a conservation geneticist and the Assistant Unit Leader for the U.S. Geological Survey, Arizona Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit, UA School of Natural Resources and the Environment. Dr. Culver’s research is focused on conservation genetics, specializing in molecular taxonomy, population genetics, landscape genetics, behavior ecology, wildlife management, and forensics, including the application of genome technologies to wildlife related issues. She has worked on a variety of species including several felids and canids, black bear, water shrew, jumping mouse, bighorn sheep, raptors, muskellunge, and freshwater mussels. Dr. Culver has published more than 72 peer-reviewed papers and is currently an associate editor for the Journal of Heredity. She received her B.S. in biology (emphasis in biochemistry and molecular biology) from the University of Utah in 1984 and her Ph.D. in biology (emphasis in conservation genetics) from the University of Maryland in 1999, and was a Postdoctoral Researcher at Virginia Tech from 1999-2002.
Diane P. Genereux
Dr. Diane P. Genereux is a research scientist in Vertebrate Genomic Biology at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. She develops mathematical and statistical methods to address questions in population genetics, epigenetics, and genomics. She is the scientific manager of the 200 Mammals Project, an international collaboration that is using comparative genomics — specifically, the conservation of DNA sequence over evolutionary time — to identify genetic factors that underlie mammalian phenotypes. Her earlier work identified population genetic and demographic factors that shape the global distribution of fragile X syndrome and yielded new statistical methods for tracking epigenetic stability and change across mammalian development. She has also contributed work identifying genetic variants associated with canine-compulsive disorder in pet dogs. Dr. Genereux is currently collaborating with veterinarians and wildlife biologists on a project to develop a powerful, cost-effective pipeline to identify the genomic basis of diseases in threatened and endangered species, many of which have very low genetic diversity. She has taught undergraduate courses in evolution, genetics, epigenetics, molecular biology, and mathematical modeling, and has written about genomic approaches in several undergraduate and medical textbooks, as well as in the popular literature. She received her A.B. in history and biology from Brown University in 1999, and her Ph.D. in mathematical genetics from Emory University in 2005.