American Society of Naturalists

A membership society whose goal is to advance and to diffuse knowledge of organic evolution and other broad biological principles so as to enhance the conceptual unification of the biological sciences.

Evolutionary Quantitative Genetics Workshop

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The 1 March deadline is rapidly approaching for the Friday Harbor Workshop on Evolutionary Quantitative Genetics for graduate students, postdocs, and young investigators.  

This summer (5-9 June 2017) the course will be taught at the University of Washington’s field station in the San Juan Islands. The course is primarily aimed at two audiences: (1) students using comparative methods who wish to understand how quantitative genetics constitutes an underlying theory and constrains those methods, and (2) students with a background in quantitative genetics who wish to apply its approach to evolutionary problems on both short and long time scales. Although some background in statistics and evolutionary biology will be useful, we give a self-contained introduction to relevant disciplines and methods (e.g., matrix algebra, hypothesis testing and estimation with maximum likelihood). The course will also provide an opportunity to learn and use R, a statistical programming language. The workshop format is lectures and in-class computer exercises (consult the 2016 tutorial website for examples).

Guest instructors in 2017 will include: 

  • Stevan J. Arnold, Integrative Biology, Oregon State University, Corvallis
  • Marguerite Butler, Biology, Univ. Hawai'i, Mānoa 
  • Patrick Carter, Evolutionary Physiology, Washington State University, Pullman
  • Joseph Felsenstein, Genome Science, University of Washington, Seattle
  • Adam Jones, Biology, Texas A&M University, College Station 
  • Brian O'Meara, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville 
  • Josef Uyeda, Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg

The $1000 fee for this workshop covers housing and meals at FHL and all other workshop expenses, except travel. Application form and details at

This workshop is sponsored by The American Society of Naturalists.  Student members of ASN are eligible for a $200 discount on the workshop fee.  FHL will offer this discount to a maximum of 13 participants, first-come, first-serve, based on the date the workshop application is submitted.  Apply for an ASN student membership ($20/yr)