This proposal is a request for partial support of a symposium on speciation in the marine environment to be held at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biologists (SICB) in Salt Lake City Utah on January 3rd -7th 2011. Speakers from the fields of evolutionary biology, ecology, population genetics, phylogenetics, and paleontology will come together to discuss their latest research and its implications for understanding the process of speciation in the marine environment.

A symposium on speciation in the marine environment and the published volume that proceed from this symposium will contribute to our understanding of a fundamental biological process, with implications for conservation and biodiversity discovery.

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Maria Pia Miglietta, University of Notre Dame Francesco Santini, University of California, Los Angeles Anuschka Faucci, University of Hawaii, Manoa Awardee: University of Notre Dame Award Number: 1057786 This award supported travel and meeting expenses of speakers invited to the Symposium "Speciation in the Sea", held during the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah in January 2011. The symposium was extremely successful as testified by outstanding speakers, great attendance, and high quality publications that it produced. The symposium brought together experts of different marine taxonomic groups, including fish, various invertebrates such as corals, mollusks and echinoderms, protists, and algae, and of different disciplines, all united by the common interest in speciation. We invited population geneticists, systematists, paleontologists, and ecologists who addressed the challenge of investigating marine speciation from different angles (see below list of speakers). The symposium was followed by an animated roundtable discussion on speciation. Both the symposium and roundtable fostered new collaborations among the speakers. Finally, the symposium resulted in a special issue of the journal Integrative and Comparative Biology that was published in September 2011 (Volume 51 Issue 3 September 2011). A total of six papers where produced (see below, bibliography). List of speakers and symposium program S3.1 Tuesday, Jan. 4, 08:00 MIGLIETTA, Maria Pia; FAUCCI, Anuschka; SANTINI, Francesco: Speciation in the sea: an introduction to the symposium S3.2 Tuesday, Jan. 4, 08:30 LESSIOS, Harilaos: What have DNA molecules told us about speciation in the sea? S3.3 Tuesday, Jan. 4, 09:00 PHILLIPS, Naomi: Speciation in the sea from an algal perspective S3.4 Tuesday, Jan. 4, 10:00 BERNARDI, G.: Sympatric speciation in the sea S3.5 Tuesday, Jan. 4, 10:30 BIRD, C E*; HOLLAND, B S; BOWEN, B W; TOONEN, R J: Diversification of sympatric broadcast-spawning limpets (Cellana spp.) within the Hawaiian archipelago S3.6 Tuesday, Jan. 4, 11:00 MCCARTNEY, MA*; SCHMIDT, VS: Assortative fertilization across hybrid genotypes promotes reproductive isolation in a bimodal hybrid zone between Mytilus blue mussels S3.7 Tuesday, Jan. 4, 11:30 PUEBLA, Oscar*; GUICHARD, Frédéric; BERMINGHAM, Eldredge: Pairing dynamics and the origin of species S3.8 Tuesday, Jan. 4, 13:00 JABLONSKI, D.*; BERKE, S.K.; KRUG, A.Z.; TOMASOVYCH, A.; ROY, K.; VALENTINE, J.W.: Range expansion and speciation in the dynamics of the marine latitudinal diversity gradient S3.9 Tuesday, Jan. 4, 13:30 MAGGS, Christine A*; MINEUR , Frederic: Speciation in red algae: current challenges S3.10 Tuesday, Jan. 4, 14:00 RUNDELL, R.J.*; LEANDER, B.S.: Speciation in marine microeukaryotes S3.11 Tuesday, Jan. 4, 14:30 ROCHA, Luiz A: Next-generation sequencing and population genomics: an outlook for the future of speciation studies Publications: Integrative and Comparative Biology Volume 51 (3) Maria P. Miglietta, Anuschka Faucci, and Francesco Santini. Speciation in the Sea: Overview of the Symposium and Discussion of Future Directions ?Integr. Comp. Biol. (2011) 51(3): 449-455 Harilaos A. Lessios. Speciation Genes in Free-Spawning Marine Invertebrates ?Integr. Comp Biol. (2011) 51(3): 456-465 Christopher E. Bird. Morphological and Behavioral Evidence for Adaptive Diversification of Sympatric Hawaiian Limpets (Cellana spp.) ?Integr. Comp. Biol. (2011) 51(3): 467-473 Michael A. McCartney and Thiago G. Lima. Evolutionary Consequences of Introgression at M7 Lysin, a Gamete Recognition Locus, Following Secondary Contact Between Blue Mussel Species ?Integr. Comp. Biol. (2011) 51(3): 474-484 O. Puebla, E. Bermingham, and F. Guichard Perspective: Matching, Mate Choice, and Speciation ?Integr. Comp. Biol. (2011) 51(3): 485-491 Christine A. Maggs, Hugh L. Fletcher, David Fewer, Louise Loade, Frédéric Mineur, and Mark P. Johnson Speciation in Red Algae: Members of the Ceramiales as Model Organisms ?Integr. Comp. Biol. (2011) 51(3): 492-504

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