SIBE 2019 8th Congress of Italian Society for Evolutionary Biology in Padua, Congresso SIBE 2019 Padova


  1. SYMPOSIUM - Units of diversity: tools, strategies and case-studies to define species limits

    Units of diversity


    Chiara Papetti, University of Padua, Italy
    Lucio Bonato, University of Padua, Italy

    Biologists have been relentlessly developing and applying new strategies and tools to study the complexity of organism's diversity in nature, in the light of evolutionary processes. The species delimitation is a hot topic since it is difficult, in many cases, to draw a line in the evolutionary continuum of species. This symposium welcomes studies employing different sources of evidence and tools to identify units of biological diversity, especially in the background of conceptual questions about species delimitation.

    Invited Speaker

    Birgit Schlick-Steiner, University of Innsbruck, Austria

  2. SYMPOSIUM - Evolution in marine environments

    Evolution in marine environmentsPhoto © Lloyd Peck / British Antarctic Survey


    Lisa Locatello, University of Padua, Italy
    Maria Vittoria Modica, Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Italy
    Marco Munari, Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Italy

    The principles of evolution apply everywhere, but marine ecosystems can be considered as a distinctive evolutionary playground. Life originated in the ocean and now almost all phyla have marine species, which experience peculiar chemo-physical conditions and ecological relationships resulting, for instance, in subtle dispersal barriers, and shaping the species' long-term evolutionary trajectories. This session aims at bringing together multidisciplinary studies, from molecules to organisms, that address the evolutionary patterns accounting for extraordinary marine species diversity and adaptations, and for their plastic response to a changing world.

    Invited Speaker

    Lloyd Peck, British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK

  3. SYMPOSIUM - Social behaviour: ecology and evolution

    Social behaviour: ecology and evolutionPhoto © Miroslav Poláček


    Matteo Griggio, University of Padua, Italy Tyrone Lucon-Xiccato, University of Ferrara, Italy

    The interest for the role of sociality in evolutionary processes is always growing, but many questions about social behaviour and its potential impact on individuals' fitness remain unanswered. Social living strongly influences selection on individuals' traits, which in turn evolve to shape the social environment. This feedback leads to the development of complex and fascinating group-specific strategies which take the form of emergent properties of groups. This session focuses on how social behaviour can influence the evolution of individuals' traits and their interplay within the ecological communities.

    Invited Speaker

    Daniela Campobello, University of Palermo, Italy

  4. SYMPOSIUM - Conservation and evolution

    Conservation and evolution


    Leonardo Congiu, University of Padua, Italy
    Elisa Boscari, University of Padua, Italy
    Gabriele Gentile, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy

    Evolutionary processes are often overlooked by biologists and decision makers involved in conservation. However, they are important for two reasons: human activities, either at local or global scale, modify standing evolutionary dynamics contributing to drive species or populations to the brink of extinction. Secondly, conservation actions that disregard species evolutionary processes may induce new selective pressures that may further compromise their long-term survival. This symposium welcomes both studies addressing detrimental evolutionary dynamics induced by human activities and researches about evolutionary-informed conservation measures. Studies addressing the history and the distribution of genetic diversity, reproduction, sexual selection, intra- and inter-specific interactions, adaptation to local environments, the effect of global changes or of the introduction of alien species are some examples of aspects that will be considered.

    Invited Speaker

    Christopher Clements, University of Bristol, UK

  5. SYMPOSIUM - Phylo3: Phylogenetics, Phylogenomics & Phylogeography

    Phylo3: Phylogenetics, Phylogenomics & PhylogeographyPhoto © n. 678 Trucchi


    Omar Rota-Stabelli, Edmund Mach Foundation, Italy
    Emiliano Trucchi, Marche Polytechnic University, Italy
    Lino Ometto, University of Pavia, Italy

    A fundamental goal in evolution is to understand how and when evolutionary lineages have diversified. To this end, researchers employ phylogenetic approaches that are being constantly improved by the development of new theoretical frameworks, better computational tools, and, in particular, a massive increase in genetic data. In this symposium we welcome studies based on innovative methods, approaches and applications of phylogenetics and biogeography, and in general, all studies describing how living organisms "have been, and are being, evolved".

    Invited Speaker

    Daniele Silvestro, University of Gothenburg, Sweden and University of Lausanne, CH

Wednesday 4th September, 2019 - 1st joint session SIBE + AAI

SIBE 2019

  1. SYMPOSIUM - Population genetics and population genomics

    Population genetics and population genomicsPhoto © James Cridland


    Luca Pagani, University of Padua, Italy
    Giorgio Bertorelle, University of Ferrara, Italy

    This symposium is co-organized by the Italian Society for Evolutionary Biology and the Italian Anthropological Association. The main goal of the symposium is to present recent advancements and applications in population genetics, that has become today one of the most resourceful biological field in explaining evolutionary processes and patterns in plant e animal species.

    Invited Speaker

    Montgomery Slatkin, University of California at Berkeley, CA, USA

    Garrett Hellenthal, University College, London
    Cosimo Posth, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena