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General Announcement
Call for Participants: Evolutionary Biology of the Built Environment Working Group
Sponsor: National Evolutionary Synthesis Center
Contact Information
Holly Menninger
We are organizing the first working group aimed at understanding the evolutionary biology of the built environment—our bedrooms, our houses, our backyards and our cities. This working group will occur June 10 – 14, 2013, in Durham, North Carolina. We are now inviting applications for participants in the working group: (Deadline: Jan 25, 2013) As recently as 100,000 years ago the indoor environment did not exist. Yet, this is now where most humans spend the majority of their life. An emerging body of literature shows that hundreds of multicellular species and thousands of unicellular species can be found in houses and buildings more generally. Among the species found in homes are those whose presence (or absence) is likely to have a large impact on human health and well-being, species including beneficial microbiota on the body but also pathogens and potential pathogens or toxic species such as extremophilic fungi. Yet, with the exception of a few deadly, the evolutionary history of most of the species with which we most intimately interact in our homes remains unknown. To remedy our lack of knowledge and take advantage of recent advances in disparate fields we will bring together scientists studying both the fauna (organismal -ologists, including microbiologists, entomologists) and environment (engineers, architects) along with social scientists (anthropologists, archaeologists) and evolutionary biologists (e.g. theoreticians, bioinformaticians, geneticists) to begin to build a framework for the evolution of the indoor and more generally built biome. Our goal is to develop a framework for a comprehensive understanding of the evolution of the species we most intimately interact with, particularly in the context of considering how to build and design our environments so as to favor beneficial (rather than dangerous) evolutionary trajectories. We are currently accepting applications a diverse group of scientists and practitioners at various stages in their careers. Online application here: - APPLY TODAY! Deadline January 25, 2013. For more information, please see: Sponsored by a partnership between the Sloan Foundation and the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent). Project Leaders: Jonathan Eisen (UC Davis), Rob Dunn (NC State), Kerry Kinney (UT-Austin) and Craig McClain (NESCent).
Keywords: working group | evolution | homes
This announcement will be displayed until: 01/25/2013
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