APS 2019 conference | Primate Conservation in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities

 Workshop Summary:

 Bioinformatics capacity in Africa must be an essential component of the efforts to conserve species, improve health, and understand evolutionary processes. To build analytical ability among African primatologists, we will lead a workshop on bioinformatics and conservation genetics for conference attendees (at any career stage). Attendees will learn how to set up a virtual computer via the cloud computing service AWS, import genetic data, and conduct phylogenetic and population genetic analyses relevant to the identification of unique evolutionary lineages or conservation units.

Topics covered will include:

  • Basic use of the command line within the Unix environment.
  • Running analyses using Amazon Web Services (AWS), an on-demand cloud computing platform.
  • Phylogenetic inference and divergence dating.
  • Assessment of population structure and diversity, including visualization of structure and calculation of differentiation and diversity statistics.

The workshop will consist of two half-day sessions (9:00 to 12:00 and 13:00 to 16:00) on Monday, 2 September 2019. The first session will focus on phylogenetic analyses and the second on population genetic analyses. Both will include lecture and demonstration of data collection and analysis, as well as hands-on exercises with assistance from workshop leaders. At the conclusion, attendees will be given online resources for additional self-guided training, and instructors will be available in the following weeks for remote assistance.

Conference attendees should bring their laptop (Windows, Mac, or PC) for the workshop exercises and meet with one of the instructors beforehand to ensure their computer is ready for the session. If students do not have access to a laptop, they should contact the instructors beforehand.

Organizers and instructors: Dr. Christina Bergey (Penn State University / Rutgers University, christina.bergey@gmail.com); Dr. Andrew Burrell (New York University, asb224@nyu.edu), Dr. Anthony Tosi (Kent State University; atosi@kent.edu); and two student instructors.

To register for the workshop, send an email to Dr. Christina Bergey christina.bergey@gmail.com

This workshop is limited to 20 participants.

Title: National Geographic Grants & Grant Writing Workshop

Workshop Summary: The National Geographic Society (NGS) is a leading nonprofit that invests in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling and education. The Society aspires to create a community of change, advancing key insights about the planet and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions of our time, all while ensuring that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global understanding. Its goal is measurable impact: furthering exploration and educating people around the world to inspire solutions for the greater good.

NGS provides grants for research, conservation, education, storytelling and technology in three focus area: Wildlife, Human Journey and Changing Planet (https://www.nationalgeographic.org/grants/our-focus/).

The NGS Grants & Grant Writing Workshop on September 6th, is a day-long training aiming to introduce the National Geographic Grants Program and to provide information about, and practice, developing key attributes of a successful NGS grant. This workshop is particularly designed for early career scientists and conservationists attending the APS 2019.

Led by: Chloe Cipolletta, National Geographic Society East Africa Fund, Program Director (ccipolletta@ngs.org) and Luisa Arnedo, National Geographic Society Grants Programs, Senior Program Officer (larnedo@ngs.org).

To register for the workshop, send an email to Chloe Cipoletta at ccipolletta@ngs.org

The workshop is limited to 25 participants.