SMBE Zomba, Malawi

September 18-22, 2019

Most natural systems are impacted by human activities such as resource extraction, habitat perturbation, and the introduction of alien species. While human impact poses a serious threat to many of these systems, it can also generate testable hypotheses about the process of molecular evolution. In this meeting, we will bring together African and international researchers that use genetics or genomics (in the broad sense) to study natural systems impacted by human activities. We will discuss how the study of such systems can help us understand the process of evolution in general, and also how this understanding can be applied to both natural conservation and resource management. We will focus on the genomic effects of hybridisation between native and alien species, and the impact of human-induced selection on genomes (be it directly through hunting or fishing, or indirectly through environmental perturbation). Furthermore, we will discuss population genomic techniques to infer human-induced population changes and the use of (meta-) genomics to monitor ecosystems.

Abstract Deadline: June 30th, 2019

Registration fee:  50/150 USD per person for African/International researchers

Keynote Speakers

Peter Vischer, Romulus Abila, Anne Charmantier, Desire Dalton, Sophie von der Heyden, Cyprian Katongo, Eline Lorenzen, Naomi Wray


Hannes Svardal (University of Antwerp)

Matt Ackerman, Iliana Bista, Tyler Linderoth, Emília Santos (University of Cambridge)

Benjamin Kumwenda, Arox Kamng’ona, Anmol Kiran, Bosco Rusuwa (University of Malawi)

The SMBE Malawi is made possible by support from the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution.