Evolutionary Genomics of Sex 2016

Sponsored by the American Genetic Association and the Center for Evolution and Medicine at Arizona State University

November 17-19, 2016
Tempe, Arizona

In this workshop we aim to bring together experts, early career researchers and trainees, who are developing and applying methods to understand the molecular evolution of sex.  Under the theme of “Evolutionary Genomics of Sex” we will feature four topics: 

Comparative Genomics: Cross-species comparisons, evolution & turnover of sex determination, sexual versus asexual populations
Population Genomics: Rates and patterns of within-species evolution
Functional Genomics: Dosage compensation, sex determination, sex-biased expression
Theoretical Genomics: Methods development and theoretical advances

This workshop will include ample time to facilitate future collaborations, and a session dedicated specifically to focusing on manuscripts to submit based on content of the workshop.



We are pleased to report, due to generous support from our sponsors, we were able to award some travel funding and lodging to every trainee that applied! 

Also, thanks to our sponsors, registration includes:
* Opening reception with hors d'oeuvres
* Meals on Friday and Saturday

To stay up-to-date with announcements about the conference, join the google group: https://groups.google.com/d/forum/evsex16




You can also register for just the Friday morning public session here: 


Public Speakers

Tia-Lynn Ashman, University of Pittsburg: http://www.pitt.edu/~tia1/
Doris Bachtrog, University of California, Berkeley: http://ib.berkeley.edu/labs/bachtrog/
Justin Blumenstiel, University of Kansas: http://www.blumenstiellab.org
Amanda Larracuente, University of Rochester: http://blogs.rochester.edu/larracuente/?
John Logsdon, University of Iowa: http://biology.uiowa.edu/people/john-logsdon
Judith Mank, University College, London: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/mank-group/
Nicole Valenzuela, Iowa State University: http://www.public.iastate.edu/~nvalenzu/
Melissa A. Wilson Sayres, Arizona State University: http://www.wilsonsayreslab.org

Scientific Review Committee

Armin Raznahan, National Institute of Mental Health, NIH (website)
Emilia Huerta Sánchez, University of California - Merced (website)
James (Jamie) Walters, University of Kansas - Lawrence (website)
Taru T Tukiainen,  Finnish Institute of Molecular Medicine (website)

Tentative Schedule

Thursday, November 17
6:00pm-8:00pm: Opening reception (hors d’oeuvres served)

Friday, November 18
*7:00am-8:00am: Breakfast (provided) and Poster set-up - Alumni Room, Memorial Union, Tempe campus *Open to Public
*8:00am-12:00pm: Public series of short lectures and discussion - Alumni Room, Memorial Union, Tempe campus *Open to Public
*12:00pm-2:00pm: Lunch (provided) and posters - Alumni Room, Memorial Union, Tempe campus *Open to Public
2:00pm-4:00pm: Comparative Genomics session
4:00pm-4:30pm: Coffee break
4:30pm-6:30pm: Population Genomics session
6:30pm: Dinner together (provided)

Saturday, November 19
7:00am-8:00am: Breakfast (provided)
8:00am-10:00am: Functional Genomics session
10:00am-10:30am: Coffee Break
10:30am-12:30pm: Theoretical Genomics session
12:30pm-2:00pm: Lunch (provided)
2:00pm-4:00pm: Round up discussion, planning for special issue to Journal of Heredity
4:00pm-5:00pm: Rest and travel time
5:00pm: Informal dinner at local home

Information for Presenters


  • Contributed talks are allocated 15 minutes.
  • Please prepare a 10-12 minute presentation with 3-5 minutes for questions.
  • A Mac computer will be available, and all speakers will be asked to upload their presentation prior to their talk.
  • Please prepare your talk in pdf or ppt. 
  • Individual computers will not be allowed. 


  • Your poster should be no more than 4 feet by 32 inches, it will be mounted on a partition board. Vertical orientation is preferred.
  • Your poster’s title should be large enough to be read from approximately 10 feet away. We recommend that you use the following minimum font sizes when designing your poster:
    • Title – 84 pt
    • Authors and addresses – 42 pt
    • Section headings – 30 pt
    • Text – 24 pt
  • Clips will be provided for mounting the displays.
  • No audiovisual equipment is permitted for poster presentations.
  • Please use the same poster title and content reflected in your submitted proposal. In the case of a co-authored work, please list all authors.
  • Posters should be taken down by 1pm on Friday. Display materials not removed following the conclusion of the session will be discarded.

Travel to Tempe
Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)

Lodging near ASU's campus
Residence Inn Tempe Downtown/University (website)
Tempe Mission Palms (website)
Graduate Tempe (website)
Courtyard Marriott Tempe Downtown (website)
University Inn & Suites (website)
Quality Inn at ASU (website)
Super 8 Tempe/ASU/Airport (website)
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tempe - University (website)

Contributed Talks (Alphabetical by title)

Bigger on the X
Changde Cheng and Mark Kirkpatrick

Comparing genomic patterns of diversity on the X chromosome versus autosomes in dogs
Tanya Phung and Kirk Lohmueller

Conserved patterns of sex chromosome dosage compensation in the Lepidoptera (WZ/ZZ): insights from a moth neo-Z chromosome
Liuqi Gu, James Walters and Douglas Knipple

Discovering patterns of Evolutionary Rate Covariation in meiosis genes across the plant kingdom
Colby Witherup, Matthew Johnson and Norman Wickett

Do bacteria have 'sex'?
Rosie Redfield

Faster-Z evolution in butterflies
James Walters and Timothy Sackton

Fine-mapping of a reproductive barrier between species linked to the pseudoautosomal region
Lucas Nell and Michael White

Genomic changes following the reversal of a Y chromosome to an autosome in Drosophila pseudoobscura
Ching-Ho Chang and Amanda Larracuente

Genomic deletion and silencing on the Y chromosomes of Rumex hastatulus
Felix Beaudry and Stephen Wright

Hyper-Conservation of a Unique Sperm Protein Across Caenorhabditis Nematodes
Katja Kasimatis and Patrick Phillips

Meiosis as a transgenerational error-correction mechanism that recalls prior uncertainty.
Virgil Reese and Donald Forsdyke

Reduced introgression of sex-linked markers in frogs with homomorphic sex chromosomes
Alan Brelsford, Christophe Dufresnes and Nicolas Perrin

Sex differences in Drosophila somatic gene expression: variation and regulation by doublesex
Rita M. Graze, Felicia N. New, Justin M. Fear, Tiffany S. Howard, Justin E. Dalton and Michelle N. Arbeitman

Social strata? Tracing the evolutionary history of a supergene in ants
Jessica Purcell, Alan Brelsford and Michel Chapuisat

Sperm protein distribution on a neo-sex chromosome in monarch butterflies
Andrew Mongue and James Walters

The Evolution of Fine-Scale Recombination Rates across the Young Threespine Stickleback Sex Chromosomes
Alice Shanfelter, Yoel Stuart, Jesse Weber, Lucas Nell, Daniel Bolnick and Michael White

The evolution of XX and XY males of Rana temporaria, a species with polymorphic sex determination
Melissa Toups, Paris Veltsos, Nicolas Rodrigues, Alan Brelsford and Nicolas Perrin

The role of mating system on the effects of linked selection in Capsella
Tyler Kent and Stephen Wright

Turnover of sex chromosomes in Lepidoptera
Petr Nguyen

X chromosome biology simplified by a complex sex chromosome system in two dipteran families
Noelle Anderson and Scott Roy


Contributed Posters

Accurately inferring imbalanced allele expression using logistic regression models
Kimberly Olney, Line Skotte, Rasmus Nielsen and Melissa Wilson Sayres

Characterization of female reproductive tract secretions in Drosophila melanogaster
Caitlin Mcdonough, Scott Pitnick and Steve Dorus

Cytogenetic analysis of multiple sex chromosome system in small ermine moths of the genus Yponomeuta
Irena Hladova, Peter Roessingh, Jan Provaznik, Ken Sahara, Frantisek Marec and Petr Nguyen

Diversity across the pseudoautosomal boundary varies across human populations
Daniel Cotter, Timothy Webster and Melissa Wilson Sayres

Dramatic sequence dependencies of DNA uptake and recombination
Rosie Redfield and Josh Mell

Easy Estimation of Sex-Linked Mutations using DeNovoGear
Steven Wu and Reed Cartwright

Estimating male mutation bias in Lepidoptera
Pooja Narang, James R. Walters, Richard J. Challis, Sujai Kumar and Melissa A. Wilson Sayres

Exploring the association of sexual systems and polyploidy in hexapods
Zheng Li and Michael Barker

Genes that are routinely subject to inactivation and genes that routinely escape inactivation are highly expressed, and are candidates in Turner syndrome phenotype
Sarah Brotman and Melissa Wilson Sayres

Hybrid asexuality as a primary reproductive barrier: on the interconnection between asexuality and speciation
Karel Janko, Jan Pačes, Hilde Wilkinson Herbots, Rui J Costa, Jan Roslein, Pavel Drozd, Nataliia Iakovenko, Jakub Ridl, Jan Koci, Radka Reifova, Vera Slechtova and Lukas Choleva

Hybridisation patterns between sexual and asexual species
Susana Freitas, Miguel Carretero, Roger Butlin and James Harris

Measuring Male Mutation Bias in Drosophila
Samantha M. Daly, Pooja Narang, Ashley Amidan and Melissa A. Wilson Sayres

On the evolution of the W chromosome in Lepidoptera
Anna Volenikova, Petr Nguyen, Patrick Grof-Tisza, Magda Zrzava and Frantisek Marec

Parasexual Activity In Poorly Known Amoeboid Microbial Eukaryotes
Yonas Tekle

Patterns of Biased Allele Expression in Placenta
Valeria Valverde-Vesling, Kimberly Olney and Melissa Wilson Sayres

Secretly Sexual Amoeba – An Inventory of Sex-Related Genes in Amoebozoa reveals Ancestral Sexuality
Fiona Wood and Yonas Tekle

Sex chromosome evolution in crested geckos (Correlophus ciliatus)
Esther Aviles and Tony Gamble

Sex-linked markers in the North American green frog (Rana clamitans) developed using DArTseq elucidate Dmrt1 as a putative sex-determining gene and provide early insight into sex chromosome recombination
Max Lambert, David Skelly and Tariq Ezaz

Skewed X-chromosome inactivation patterns in patients with Aicardi Syndrome
Isabelle Schrauwen, Szabi Szelinger, Newell Belnap, Ashley Siniard, Ana Claasen, Ryan Richholt, Matt De Both, Chris Balak, Ignazio Piras, Jason Corneveaux, Megan Russel, Amanda Courtright, Sampath Rangasamy, Keri Ramsey, David Craig, Vinodh Narayanan and Matt Huentelman

The effect of population size changes on relative diversity on the autosomes, sex chromosomes, and mitochondrial genome
Timothy Webster and Melissa Wilson Sayres

The recombination landscape of Drosphila virilis under hybrid dysgenesis
Lucas Hemmer and Justin Blumenstiel

Utility of integrative next-generation sequencing to identify maternal gonadal mosaicism in X-linked Beta-propeller Protein-Associated Neurodegeneration.
Szabolcs Szelinger, Sampathkumar Rangasamy, Brittany Gerald, Keri Ramsey, Newell Belnap, Theresa Grebe, Kara Lewis, Ashley Siniard, Megan Russell, Isabelle Schrauwen, Ana Claasen, Ryan Richholt, Matt De Both, Allison Gregory, Penelope Hogarth, Jeffrey Hamada, Brian Richardson, Susan Hayflick, Randall Woltjer, John Karis, Matthew Huentelman, David Craig and Vinodh Narayanan

X and Y Chromosome Evolution in Parasitic Nematodes
Alexandra Grote, James Cotton, Bhavana Harsha, Sara Lustigman and Elodie Ghedin