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Game of thorns - Integrative phylogenomics and evolution of echinoderms




Dr. Omri Bronstein - Natural History Museum Vienna


Understanding the forces that drive speciation in marine environments is challenging. High dispersal potential of organisms with planktonic larvae and lack of clear geographic barriers to gene flow between populations, greatly complicate our ability to reconstruct the chain of events leading to the formation of new species. I will be presenting a multi-disciplinary approach demonstrating the power of integrating genomics with state-of-the-art morphological taxonomic tools and fossil material to unravel speciation and the evolutionary history of echinoderms: some of the most prominent and important components of the marine benthic environment.

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