Phylogeography - the history and formation of species,
John C. Avise (2000)
(Keynote lecturer - new:
(MP3, 60 Mb))
Sustainable development and the conservation of biological diversity have become a major topic for science and politics since the Rio Convention in 1992. One of the key objectives of the convention is the conservation of inter- and intraspecific variability across the globe. Current diversity patterns are strongly influenced by both historic effects such as ice ages,
and recent effects
such as land management. Of particular importance in this context is the understanding and conservation of postglacial relict species, which give key information on the
distribution of genetic diversity in today’s world. Therefore, the proposed meeting
will focus on relict species in the context of biodiversity protection.
Relict populations usually suffer more severely from environmental stochasticity
than non-relict populations. This situation has recently changed to the worse due
to anthropogenic landuse changes resulting in increasing fragmentation and decreasing
habitat sizes. As a consequence, the numbers and sizes of many relict populations
have decreased as well, often combined with the loss of genetic diversity and reduced individual
fitness. To stop and finally reverse this development, numerous conservation
efforts have been introduced, for example the Habitats and Birds Directives in the
This meeting will provide a platform for scientists to discuss the phylogeography of species and their conservation
management. Population biology and phylogeography are crucial for the conservation of relict species and their genetic diversity.
The meeting provides a unique opportunity in bringing together representatives
from natural sciences and applied conservation management. This combination will
enable participants to develop new ideas on how to manage these endangered populations
of major importance.
for details see
- IBAN: LU54 1111 1329 0010 0000
- BIC code: CCPLLULL
- Beneficiary name: TRESORERIE DE L'ETAT CPTE MUSEE NAT
- Address: 'P&T Luxembourg, L-1090 Luxembourg'
- Please use the conference abbreviation (relicts 2007)
as the payment communication
- National Museum of Natural History (Musée national
d'histoire naturelle de Luxembourg)
- Fonds national de la recherche Luxembourg