Workshop: Paradigm shift in sex chromosome evolution

Conceptual and empirical challenges from studies in vertebrates | Funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG)
20. Sep
20 September 2019 | 8.00 am
IGB, Müggelseedamm 310, 12587 Berlin
specialist event

Workshop: Paradigm shift in sex chromosome evolution

different vertebrates

Program for Oral Presentations & Timing of Poster Session >

Explaining the variation in sex-determining mechanisms across the tree of life and understanding the evolution of sex chromosomes represent important goals in evolutionary biology. Many papers have followed the classical paradigm of differentiation pathways of sex chromosomes from autosomes. However, the evolutionary drivers and many other aspects of the differentiation of sex chromosomes still remain controversial. Thanks especially to the impact of new genomic techniques, the always vibrant field of sex chromosome evolution research is currently boosting. Results from recent functional and comparative studies across both model and especially non-model organisms challenge the traditional paradigms of sex chromosome evolution. Therefore, this is the perfect time to open a forum for discussion, summary and reappraisal of our understanding of this field. The aim of the meeting is to gather evolutionary biologists with different backgrounds (developmental biology, population genetics, genomics, evolutionary ecology) to formulate and address fundamental questions and to uncover gaps in our understanding of sex chromosome evolution with a focus on vertebrates. We will unite people who use different approaches and means to study vertebrate sex evolution as well as applications (e.g. in endocrine disruption research, aquaculture, and species evolution/biodiversity).

Confirmed invited speakers include:

  • Mónica Bullejos Martín, Universidad de Jaén, Spain
  • Blanche Capel, Duke University, USA
  • Ben Evans, McMaster University, Canada
  • Tony Gamble, Marquette University, USA
  • Yann Guiguen,  INRA, Rennes, France
  • Amaury Herpin, INRA, Rennes, France
  • Karel Janko, Czech Academy of Sciences, Liběchov, Czech Republic
  • Daniel L. Jeffries, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Werner Kloas, IGB, Germany
  • Ikuo Miura, Hiroshima University, Japan
  • Catherine Peichel, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • Nicolas Perrin, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Francesc Piferrer, ICM, Barcelona, Spain
  • Martina Johnson Pokorná, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Michail Rovatsos, Charles University, Czech Republic
  • Manfred Schartl, University of Würzburg, Germany (and Texas A&M University, USA)
  • Vladimir Trifonov, Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk, Russia
  • Nicole Valenzuela, Iowa State University, USA


Due to the great response, all slots for talks are now filled (deadline passed on June 30). Additional people, who are interested, can attend oral presentations (on Friday 20 and Saturday 21, see program above) as long as they organise transfer (and accommodation if required) by themselves. To participate at lunch catering, we ask from now on to pay for food (ca. 20 € for 2 lunches and 70 € for 2 dinners). If interested, please, send an email with information on career stage and a few sentences on motivation to: or 


PD Dr. Matthias Stöck Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Germany
Prof. Dr. Lukáš Kratochvíl Charles University Prague, Czech Republic
Prof. Dr. Werner Kloas Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Germany
Prof. Dr. Dr. Manfred Schartl University of Würzburg, Germany (and Texas A&M University, USA)
IGB Cross Cutting Research Domain 1 Aquatic Biodiversity

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