Pan-Pacific Advanced Studies Institute (PacASI)

on Genomic Applications to Marine Science and Resource Management in South East Asia
pacasi 2012 group

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The emerging field of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) is expanding capabilities for cutting-edge scientific genomic research, with applications that can improve sustainable management of natural resources. This Advanced Study Institute will draw together leading scientists from both sides of the Pacific to understand the potential of the emerging field of NGS to marine science and resource management in Southeast Asia. It aims to build on the knowledge gained by traditional Sanger sequencing methods that are beginning to identify corroborated patterns of marine population structure in the Southeast Asian region.  These patterns test hypotheses about the ecological and evolutionary origins of the high marine biodiversity in the region and provide guidelines on how to protect and sustainably manage these resources.  Advanced genomics has demonstrated potential to greatly enhance this line of research. 

The Advanced Studies Institute program is an initiative supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to propagate advance knowledge and training between leading scientists and researchers from the U.S. and host region countries. In this Pan-Pacific Advanced Studies Institute participants will come together from South East Asia and the U.S. to present lectures, guide computer tutorials, hear from experts in next generation molecular ecology with an emphasis on marine ecology, conservation genetics, and resource management and participate in synthesis workshops that will explore the potential of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) in application to marine science and resource management.

The institute will focus on six main topics with participants first hearing introductory lectures that will include background on genetic work in marine science in South East Asia, followed by advanced presentations and case-studies from leading scientists. Specific topics include:

a) Genetic diversity in natural populations, phylogeography, and applications to marine management in SE Asia

b) Genetics of local adaptation;

c) Genomic signatures of natural selection

d) Functional ecology based on global gene expression profiling

e) RAD approaches to marine and conservation sciences

f) Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms versus microsatellites in population ecology.

Other activities during the Institute include presentations and hands-on computer tutorial sessions.