Ecological genomics of adaptation to environmental change

Speaker: Luciano Beheregaray

Location: 11:29 am to 12:30 pm in Building 6, Level C, Room 12

Understanding whether natural populations will be able to adapt to selective pressures associated with rapid environmental and climatic change is a research priority. Luciano will present results from three research programs that study adaptation in non-model marine and freshwater organisms by integrating population genomics with environmental mapping, trait phenotyping and mechanistic experiments.

Key findings include: (i) environmental heterogeneity and disturbance influenced adaptive divergence in the presence of gene flow; (ii) gene expression variation contributed to the evolutionary potential of small populations; (iii) populations from more variable habitats showed higher adaptive resilience to climate change. Strategies for cataloguing adaptive resilience in ecologically important organisms are presented.

About Luciano

Luciano Beheregaray is a Professor of Biodiversity and the head of the Molecular Ecology Lab at Flinders University. His research interests are in conservation and evolutionary genomics of aquatic animals. He works in remote ecosystems such as Amazonia, Patagonia, Galapagos, Antarctica, southern Africa and in marine and freshwater regions of Australia. He received Bachelor and Master degrees in Biological Oceanography at University of Rio Grande (Brazil) and PhD at Macquarie University in Sydney (2001). He worked at Yale University as a Gaylord Donnelley Environmental Fellow before returning to Macquarie for tenure in 2003, followed by a move to Flinders in 2009. He has produced >170 publications and graduated 16 PhD students. He is currently an ARC Future Fellow with a focus on ecological genomics of fish.