Misha Matz: The University of Texas Austin, USA (matz@mail.utexas.edu)

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Our lab is interested in how marine organisms adapt to environmental variation throughout their range and over time at the genomic level. We focus on population genetics, molecular adaptation, gene regulation, and epigenetics of reef-building corals. We also develop novel laboratory and bioinformatic methods for genomic analysis of non-model organisms.

Title « DNA methylation in a reef-building coral during acclimatization and its link to gene expression  »

José Eirin-Lopez: Florida International University, USA (jeirinlo@fiu.edu)

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My research studies the links between ocean global change and the epigenetic mechanisms modulating acclimatory and adaptive responses in organisms across different marine ecosystems. I am primarily interested in combining different disciplines to expand environmental epigenetic analyses and their application to management and conservation of diverse ecologically and commercially relevant species.

Title « From the ocean to the bench and back: environmental epigenetic applications in marine sciences »

Francesc Piferrer: Institute of Marine Sciences of Barcelona, Spain (piferrer@icm.csic.es), expert in sexual determinism in marine fish species

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The lab of Dr. Francesc Piferrer, the Group of Biology of Reproduction (GBR), main research objectives are: 1) to understand how fish integrate genetic and environmental information, particularly for the development of the sexual phenotype; 2) to develop biomarkers of key performance indicators and protocols for the control of reproduction according to sustainable aquaculture principles; 3) to determine how species adapt to new environments in a global change scenario; and 4) the evolutionary transitions and environmental correlates associated with the distribution of the different sexual systems in fish. To achieve this, the GBR uses economically-relevant species, but also the zebrafish model, and modern genomic, epigenetic and transcriptomic approaches, as well as phylogenetic generalized linear models.

Title « Development of epigenetic markers to assess intrinsic and environmentally-induced phenotypic changes in fish »

Leila Tirichine Delacour: University of Nantes, France (Leila.Tirichine@univ-nantes.fr)

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We use multiscale approaches from the entire cell/genome to individual genes, together with integrative bioinformatics to understand the biology of the studied species/systems as a whole. We focus particularly on diatoms, a dominant and highly diverse group of microalgae which belong to the Stramenopile lineage of life and use model and non model species as well as state of the art molecular approaches to understand the molecular mechanisms in particular epigenetics involved in microalgae response to biotic and abiotic factors .

Title «  Environmental epigenetics in microalgae  »