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Eighth International Conference on Stickleback Behavior and Evolution
Start Date: 7/26/2015
End Date: 7/26/2015
This event recurs daily until 7/31/2015.   Click here to see the series dates.

Event Description:
The threespine stickleback was described in 1758 by Carl Linnaeus in Systema Naturae and has been studied intensively for more than century. Early interest focused on its morphological diversity and led to a plethora of nominal species that are now included within Gasterosteus aculeatus. In the 1930s, Nikolaas (Niko) Tinbergen established it as an important model in ethology, and in the 1960s, Donald W. Hagen and J. D. McPhail pioneered its use to study adaptation, and speciation. At the turn of the 21st century, genomic tools were developed for the threespine stickleback. Today, it is used for research in behavior, physiology, morphology, development, ecology, parasitology, toxicology, genetics, genomics, and evolution, justifying its characterization as a biological "supermodel."

The International Conference on Stickleback Behavior and Evolution attracts a large international community that uses this species in research. Piet Sevenster and Hans van den Assem organized the first Conference in 1984 in Leiden, The Netherlands to commemorate Tinbergen's first use of threespine stickleback for behavioral research and to mark Jan van Iersel's retirement. In recent years, the Conference has met at three-year intervals. The eighth conference at Stony Brook University in 2015 will attract about 125 stickleback biologists who will meet over six days to present papers and posters on diverse aspects of stickleback biology.
Location Information:
West Campus - Wang Center
Nicolls Road, Main Entrance
Stony Brook, NY 11794
Phone: (631) 632-6000

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