The UCSC Archaeological Research Center presents:

1st Annual Research Conference Archaeological Genetics: Genomic Approaches to Our Past

April 14th, 2015

UC Santa Cruz, Porter College

George P. Hitchcock Lounge

Since the first studies 30 years ago, the analysis of ancient DNA from biological specimens found in archaeological contexts has propelled our understanding of the evolution of our species, how humans diverged and interacted in the past, how biology and culture coevolved, how environmental changes impacted on past ecosystems, and also how diseases evolved and spread throughout the ancient world. Recent developments in molecular genetics now provide insights into biological processes unthinkable just 10 years ago. Ancient DNA researchers using these new methods have been able to reconstruct complete genomes of Neanderthals and other extinct species as old as 700,000 years, reconstruct past oral and gut microbiomes allowing incredible insights into past diets and health, to study complex evolutionary processes of adaptation to physical stressors in real-time, study ancient gene expression patterns, and to reconstruct complex patterns of admixture between human populations worldwide granting us a much better picture of how different cultures and regions interacted with each other. Indeed, ancient DNA research has reached the Age of Genomics. The UCSC Archaeological Research Center is hosting a public research conference on Paleogenomics with talks by major leaders in the field. These scientists will present a range of contributions that modern Paleogenomics has made to archaeological efforts to solve the riddles of our collective past.

Speakers Include:

Lars Fehren-Schmitz (UC Santa Cruz) 

Ed Green (UC Santa Cruz) 

Wolfgang Haak (University of Adelaide) 

Johannes Krause (University of Tubingen, Max-Plank-Institute for Science of Human History) 

Beth Shapiro (UC Santa Cruz) 

Pontus Skoglund (Harvard Medical School) 

Christina Warinner (University of Oklahoma) 

Event Details:

Campus Entrance: 
Enter Campus at either the Main entrance or the West entrance, follow ARC Event signs to Porter College. 

Conference Location:  
UC Santa Cruz Porter College

Parking permits available via attendant at Porter College lots 124 and125
Overflow parking will be directed to Lot 126, directly across from Porter College

Conference begins at 1 PM.  If arriving early, the SLUG Cafe is adjacent to Hitchcock Lounge and is a great place to grab coffee or lunch. 

Conference Program

On-site Conference Registration (12:30-1:00)

Opening Remarks (1:00-1:30)

• 1:00-1:05 – Opening Comments – J. Cameron Monroe (ARC Director)

• 1:05-1:30 – “Archaeology and Paleogenomics: A New Vision for the Past" – Lars Fehren-Schmitz

Session 1 (1:30- 2:30)

• 1:30-2:00 – “Molecular Paleopathology: New insights into ancient Diseases” – Johannes Krause

• 2:00-2:30 – “Reconstructing Our Ancient Microbial Self” – Christina Warinner

Coffee Break (2:30-2:45)

Session 2 (2:45-3:45)

• 2:45-3:15 – “European prehistory at the interface of archaeology and genetics” - Wolfgang Haak

• 3:15-3:45 – “Reconstructing human population history using ancient genomes: the peopling of the Americas” – Pontus Skoglund

Coffee Break (3:45 – 4:00)

Session 3 (4:00-5:00)

• 4:00-4:30 – “Paleoecology and past Biodiversity” – Beth Shapiro

• 4:30-5:00 – “The genomics of extinct Hominins” – Ed Green Closing Comments

• 5:00-5:15 – Concluding Remarks (Lars Fehren-Schmitz)

Reception (5:15-6:00)