LASIG’s research activities in landscape genetics
Landscape genetics can be described as a combination of landscape ecology and population genetics. It is a young scientific field that focuses on testing the influences of environmental complexity on gene flow, spatial genetic variation, and local adaptation in plant and animal species. Landscape genetics facilitates the understanding of how geographical and environmental features structure genetic variation at both the population and the individual levels. Research in this field has important potential to inform various scientific disciplines like conservation biology and evolutionary ecology. The number of landscape genetic studies is growing rapidly, and landscape genetic approaches are increasingly used in practical conservation and management.
The landscape genetics’ group at LASIG is specialized in the contribution of Geographic Information Science for the conservation of plant and animal genetic resources. We apply spatial analysis, spatial statistics, spatial modelling, and geocomputation methods to conservation and landscape genetics, with core research activities landscape and seascape genomics, a field that aims to study and discover the genetic basis of adaptation by processing many simultaneous DNA-environment association models.
- [February 20, 2018] Oliver Selmoni travels to New-Caledonia to sample 2 coral reef species with a super team of IRD/CNRS scientists, in Noumea and all across the main Island.
- [February 1, 2018] Welcome to Elia Vajana, new postdoc researcher @ LASIG !
- [January 19, 2018] Kevin Leempoel’s paper on Multiscale landscape genomics is available here (open access).
- [September 15, 2017] Robson Cesconeto’s paper on landscape genomics of autochtonous Brazilian swine breeds is now available online (open access paper).
- [June 2, 2017] “Persistence of butterfly populations in fragmented habitats along urban density gradients: motility helps” by Estelle Rochat et al. accepted in Heredity.
- [April 28, 2017] “A WebGIS platform for the monitoring of Farm Animal Genetic Resources (GENMON)” published by Solange Duruz et al. in Plos One.
- [April 28, 2017] “Simple Rules for an Efficient Use of Geographic Information Systems in Molecular Ecology” published by Leempoel et al. in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution.
- [March 5, 2016] Frontiers in Genetics special issue (research topic – eBook) on advances in farm animal genomic resources printed.
- [January 1st, 2016] Paper on spatial dependence of obesity in Lausanne published.
- [November 8, 2015] H2020 IMAGE project on the Innovative Management of Animal Genetic Resources funded !
- [November 6, 2015] Welcome to Anneleen Rutten (Research group in Evolutionary Ecology – EVECO, University of Antwerp) who will spend a few weeks in the group to apply landscape genomic models to wild boar data (ESF grant, Congenomics project).
- [November 1, 2015] All the best to Robson Cesconeto who just travelled back to Brazil at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) after 1-year PhD-Sandwich stay at EPFL!
- Kevin Leempoel just taught landscape genomic approaches at the Réunion du réseau de génétique du département EFPA, INRA, Rennes, in France, October 8 and 9, 2015, organized by Guillaume Evanno and Stéphane de Mita.
- Forthcoming event: “Open computational landscape genetics” session at the OGRS 2016 symposium, October 12-14, 2016, Perugia Italy, more news soon on http://www.ogrs-community.org/index.html (contact)
- [August 2015] Welcome to Stéphanie Manel and David Mouillot for a series of short stays at LGG LASIG!]
- [June 2015] See Kevin’s paper on the ecological relevance of Very High Resolution Digital Elevation Models [Open Access].
- [May 6, 2015] Congratulations to Kevin Leempoel – for successfully defending his PhD dissertation!
- [April 2015] Welcome to Elia Vajana from the Zootechnics Institute at the Catholic University of Piacenza, Italy, for a short stay (3 months) to work on the effects of climate change on the spatial distribution of genomic variants involved in the resistance to East Coast Fever in Ugandan cattle.
- [March 2015] Ivo Widmer and the Urbangene project in the magazine “Environment” of the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment.
- [February 2015] SAVMAP 2 funded (Black Rhino conservation in Namibia)
- Ivo is the father of Erin Lia born on January 15, Congratulations to the whole family!
- [November 2014] – Welcome to Robson Cesconeto, PhD student from the Universidade Federal do
Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil. In the context of a 1-year PhD-Sandwich stay, Robson will work on the application of landscape genomic analyses to Brazilian populations of locally adapted swine breeds under the co-supervision of Prof José Bracine Neto (UFRGS) and Stéphane Joost.
- [November 2014] – Running Research Topic on Advances in Farm Animal Genomic Resources (Frontiers in Genetics)
- [October 2014] – GENMON project funded ! (BLW)
- [September 2014] – LASIG/LGG organized a workshop on Urbangene & Greentrace projects.
- [July 2014] – Congratulations to Estelle Rochat and Solange Duruz for successfully defending their master thesis.
- [June 2014] – ESF “GENOMIC-RESOURCES” project: Final conference in Cardiff “Livestock Genomic Resources in a Changing World“, with several talks by LASIG/LGG’s people.
- [March 25-28] – Kevin Leempoel among the international experts to teach at the Population and Landscape Genomics Workshop of the Centre for Biodiversity Analysis at the The Australian National University, Canberra.
- [March 22-29] – Stéphane Joost teaches at the ESF Congenomics RNP Spring School 2014, in Bertinoro, Italy – Landscape genetics in transition to landscape genomics.
- [March 2014] – Landscape Genetics Spring school, Göttingen, Germany, March 10 to 15, 2014.
- [November 29, 2013] – Congratulations to Sylvie Stucki – for successfully defending her PhD dissertation!
- [January 2014] – DGS 2014 – Landscape genetics course (Distributed Graduated Seminar)
- [November 2014] – GREENTRACE project funded !
- [September 2014] – SNSF GENESCALE project funded !
- [August 2014] – URBANGENE project funded !
- [June 2013] Kevin Leempoel and colleagues in the field at les Rochers-de-Naye for the installation of 111 temperature and humidity sensors. The data provided are likely to support investigations related to the understanding of local adaptation processes in the Buckler Mustard. [see pictures here]
- [March 2013] Molecular Ecology View: LASIG and The Molecular Ecologist
- [March 2013] LASIG participates to NESCent’s catalysis meeting “Developing a Roadmap for The Future of Landscape Genomics“
- [March 2012] Tracking genes from the Skye (actu.epfl.ch on March 18, 2012)
- [March 2012] Evolution of species is recorded in the genes (actu.epfl.ch on March 28, 2011)
- IMAGE H2020 project
- GENMON BLW project
- SAVMAP 1 and 2 – CODEV project
- GREENTRACE – CROSS project
- GENESCALE – SNSF project
- URBANGENE – funded by the services of Urbanism and of Nature conservancy, State of Geneva, and by the GELBERT Foundation
- FP7 NEXTGEN European project
- MESSAGE project (LASIG, LPED Lab at Aix-Marseille University & LECA lab at UJF Grenoble)
- VELUX project with Lab of Evolutionary Botany at University of Neuchâtel
Former trainees and group members
- Dr Kevin Leempoel (Standford University)
- Dr Sylvie Stucki
- Dr Robson Cesconeto
- Dr Ivo Widmer
- Cyril Maréchal, Ecole Navale, Brest, France [GEOME project]
- Alexander Böhm, Ecole Navale, Brest, France [GEOME project]
- Benjamin Dauphin, Laboratory of Evolutionary Botany, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
- Saif Agha, Assistant Professor, Animal Breeding and Genetics, Faculty of Agriculture, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt
- Daniela Biosa, PhD student, Dipartimento di Scienze della Natura e del Territorio dell’Università di Sassari, Italy