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2019 Southeastern Population Ecology
and Evolutionary Genetics Conference

Clemson University is proud to host the 45th annual Southeastern Population Ecology and Evolutionary Genetics (SEPEEG) annual meeting  October 4-6, 2019 at The Outdoor Lab .

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Clemson is one of the founding institutions of SEPEEG, which brings together scientists from institutions in the Southeast to discuss their research on ecology, population biology, evolution and genetics. SEPEEG first organized in 1973 as SEEGG, the Southeastern Ecological Genetics Group, (see history below) and is meant to be a casual and collaborative meeting bringing together postdocs, students and faculty from colleges and universities primarily in the southeastern United States. SEPEEG is a single-session meeting that provides a comfortable, engaging environment for formal and informal interactions between attendees. The meeting generally attracts more than 100 participants who are at all career stages.

Highlights of SEPEEG 2019 include keynote speaker Dr. Trudy Mackay, professor of biochemistry and genetics and director of the Clemson Center for Human Genetics in Greenwood, South Carolina; and this year’s Emerging Leader Speaker, Dr. Josef Uyeda, assistant professor of biological sciences at Virginia Tech. We hope to accommodate up to 140 participants on-site and have slots for both 15-minute presentations and posters for Saturday evening’s poster session. Register early to ensure accommodations and a place on the program of speakers/posters.

We look forward to seeing you all at SEPEEG 2019!

Conference overview

  • Conference dates: Oct. 4–6, 2019
  • ASN travel award application deadline: Sept. 9, 2019
  • Registration deadline: Sept. 20, 2019
  • Poster and talk information deadline: 5 p.m., Oct. 1, 2019
  • Hosts: Clemson University  Department of Biological Sciences
  • Location: Clemson University Outdoor Laboratory415 Charlie White Trail, Pendleton, SC 29670   Site map
  • Check-In: October 4 at the Clemson Outdoor Lab - Kresge Hall from 4–8 p.m.; after 8 p.m., at the Pavilion
  • Cost: Several options are available
    • For single (group cabin) occupancy: $160/person
    • For double occupancy and families (3 suites are single bedrooms with separate bath; one suite is two bedrooms with shared bath.): $175/adult meeting attendee in the room; for every adult meeting attendee staying in the room, add one $175 registration to the cart 
    • For student members of the American Society of Naturalists: $95.00 with travel grant award (link to apply below)

Registration and cancellation

Deadline for registration and cancellation with refund is Sept. 20, 2019. Refunds may not be possible after Sept. 20, 2019. Cost of registration options include meeting sessions, social activities, and meals at the Outdoor Lab. Online registration and payment are required. Registration is limited to 140 participants requiring housing. 

Update 9/17/19 — Registration is now closed as we have reached our maximum capacity. The registration link has been disabled.

American Society of Naturalists Student Travel Awards

Thanks to the generous sponsorship by the American Society of Naturalists we have up to 60 travel awards of $65.00 each to reduce registration costs for student participants in SEPEEG 2019. You must be a student member of ASN to receive a travel award. You do not need to be presenting to be awarded a travel award, although we encourage applicants to be engaged in research. Applications for travel awards are due by Sept. 9, 2019, and you will be notified of your award prior to the registration deadline of Sept. 20, 2019.

Update 9/10/19 — all ASN student travel award winners have been notified. The registration link has been disabled.

Talks and posters

We cannot guarantee the opportunity to give a talk but will try to balance talks by career stage, institution, subject area, registration date, etc. Posters are encouraged. The poster session (held after keynote address Saturday evening) will be lively and include refreshments. 

  • To present either a poster or talk, please use the orange button below to submit your title and information before 5 p.m on October 1.
  • Posters should be sized to fit on a 3-by-4-foot backboard and may be landscape or portrait.  
  • Presentations should be in PowerPoint or PDF format. No web-based formats like Spark or Prezia due to unreliable internet connections. Email presentations directly to our Box folder.
  • Update 9/17/19 — all poster and talk slots are full  — no more poster/talks will be accepted for this year's meeting.

The organizers of SEPEEG are grateful for the generous donation of books made by the University of Chicago Press that will serve as awards for best posters and talks!


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Trudy Mackay, “Charting the Genotype-Phenotype Map: Lessons From Drosophila.” Mackay is director of the Headshot of Trudy MackayClemson University Center for Human Genetics and the Self Family Endowed Chair in Human Genetics in the department of genetics and biochemistry. She received her B.S. and M.S. in biology from Dalhousie University and her Ph.D. in genetics from the University of Edinburgh. She was a lecturer in the department of genetics at the University of Edinburgh from 1980–1987 before joining the faculty of North Carolina State University in 1987 as a Distinguished University Professor and Goodnight Innovation Distinguished Chair of Biological Sciences. Mackay’s research focuses on understanding the molecular, genetic and environmental basis of variation in quantitative traits. Her findings have identified many novel genes affecting quantitative traits relevant to human biology, including lifespan, aggression, stress resistance, and alcohol and drug sensitivity. Mackay’s research has been funded continuously by the NIH since 1990, with research awards totaling more than $54 million. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Science, the Royal Society of London and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. She has been awarded the Genetics Society of America Medal, the O. Max Gardner Award from the University of North Carolina Board of Regents, the North Carolina Award for Science, and is the 2016 Wolf Prize Laureate in Agriculture.


Emerging Leader Speaker:  Dr. Josef Uyeda is an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech and is headshot of Uyedaaffiliated with the Global Change Center. He received his Ph.D. from Oregon State University in 2012 in the lab of Dr. Stevan Arnold and went on to do postdoctoral research with Dr. Luke Harmon at the University of Idaho. He is an active member of the broad evolutionary biology community, teaching at the annual Evolutionary Quantitative Genetics Workshop run by Dr. Joseph Felsenstein & Dr. Steven Arnold and is currently a councillor for the Society of Systematic Biology. His research focuses on how can we integrate and reconcile our understanding of phenotypic evolution from microevolutionary studies with macroevolutionary models. This is an important challenge, as understanding the predictors of macroevolutionary adaptive potential that can be measured in populations and species currently experiencing change is an essential goal to managing the long-term survival of biodiversity. His ground-breaking paper "The million-year wait for macroevolutionary bursts" published in PNAS in 2011 identified a remarkably consistent pattern of timing of phenotypic divergence across taxonomic groups. He and his lab work to develop novel statistical methods and software to integrate process-based models and data of evolutionary and ecological change with phylogenetic trees, which serve as a map for the history of life. Dr. Uyeda is the primary developer for the R packages bayou & treeplyr and contributes to the arbor and geiger 2.0 R packages. 


The Clemson University Outdoor Lab has thirteen group cabins equipped with single beds and individual dressers. Group cabins can accommodate five to six adults (same gender). Each has a large, common bathroom and a central seating area. All cabins are fully carpeted and have heating, air conditioning, lighting, and Wi-Fi. View the  group cabin layout here. The Outdoor Lab is a pet-free and smoke-free environment. Bring your own linens/sleeping bag, pillows, and towels for cabins. List any roommate requests on the registration form and we will do our best to accommodate.

In addition to group cabins, we do have limited single (three total) or double bedroom (three total) accommodations ideal for couples and/or families on a first-registered, first-choice basis. Please register early if you would like to be considered for one of these more private accommodations. 

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Recreation areas include a fire pit, walking and nature trails, game fields, 18-hole disc golf courses, horseshoes, tetherball, sand volleyball, basketball, thunderball and more. 


Enter 415 Charlie White Trail, Pendleton, SC 29670 into your favorite map app for driving directions. Check-in at Kresge Hall from 4–8 p.m.; after 8 p.m., at the Pavilion.

Contact us

Email members of the organizing committee:

History of SEPEEG

SEPEEG brings together scientists from institutions in the Southeastern US to discuss their research on ecology, population biology, evolution, and genetics. SEPEEG, previously SEEPAGE, began in 1973 as SEEGG, the Southeastern Ecological Genetics Group.

Among the founders of SEEGG were Wyatt Anderson (University of Georgia), Janis Antonovics (Duke University), Bruce Grant (College of William and Mary), Jim Murray (University of Virginia), David West (Virginia Tech) and Darrell Yardley (Clemson University). The founders wanted a relaxed venue for discussing research ideas and ongoing work in ecological and population genetics and the opportunity for graduate students in the region to interact with and learn from one another.

The annual meetings of SEEGG were held in late summer at a field station or similar location; in the early years, meetings in even-numbered years were held at the Mountain Lake Biological Station and, in odd-numbered years, rotated among other locations such as the Duke University Marine Laboratory and the Skidaway Island Marine Facility. Meeting at these locations kept the participants together and offered the opportunity for constant discussion and interaction, along with considerable opportunity for field trips, forays and other forms of good, clean fun. The high level of discussion at the meetings combined with the friendly atmosphere to catalyze the development of a host of graduate students. — History provided by Joe Travis, FSU





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