Preliminary Meeting Program

Sunday 2/27/2022

16.00-18.00 Arrival and Registration
18.00-21.00 Welcome Reception (Location TBD)


Monday 2/28/2022

9-9.30 Misty Riddle
Evolution of provitamin A assimilation in Astyanax mexicanus
9.30-9.50 Jaya Krishnan
Genome-wide analysis of cis-regulatory changes underlying metabolic adaptation of cavefish
9.50-10.10 Julien Leclercq
Evolution of gene expression regulation in blind cavefish embryos
10.10-10.30 Daniel Berning
Developmental timing and genetic architecture of external taste expansion in the Mexican tetra, Astyanax mexicanus
10.30-11.00 Coffee Break
11.-11.30 Bill Jeffery
Control of Visceral Asymmetry in Astyanax Development: Sonic Hedgehog and the Left-Right Organizer
11.30-11.50 Stefan Choy
Uncovering the role of oca2 in the evolution of prey capture in cavefish
11.50-12.10 Pierce Hutton
Preliminary data from a functional screen reveals multiple sleep-regulating genes in A. mexicanus
12.10-12.30 Carole Hyacinthe
Evolution of temperature preference in Astyanax mexicanus
12.30-14.00 Lunch Break
14.00-14.30 Manfred Schartl
Sex determination in the Pachón cavefish, Astyanax mexicanus, by B-chromosomes
14.30-14.50 Edward Rice
The evolution of structural change along a surface to cavefish genome trajectory.
14.50-15.10 Annabel Perry
CaveCrawler: An interactive analysis suite for cavefish bioinformatics
15.10-15.30 Tathagata Biswas
Fish(ing) in the Hi(gh)-C(sea)
15.30-16.00 Coffee Break
16.00-1700 Keynote 1: Marianne Bronner
17.00-19.00 Poster session


Tuesday 03/01/2022

9-9.30 Sylvie Rétaux
Ten years of cavefish field studies: what have we learned?
9.30-9.50 Tyler Boggs
Evidence of adaptation to hypoxic subterranean waters in Astyanax mexicanus.
9.50-10.10 Corinne van der Weele
Cavefish Develop More Erythrocytes and Overexpress Hypoxia Inducible Genes as a Response to Hypoxic Environments
10.10-10.30 Luke Olsen
Metabolic reprogramming underlies cavefish muscular endurance despite selective loss of muscle mass and contractility
10.30-11.00 Coffee Break
11.-11.30 Masato Yoshizawa
Plasticity in the expression of social affinity under the environmental interventions: spatial and dietary
11.30-11.50 Alexandra Paz
The developmental trajectory of social behavior in the Mexican cavefish
11.50-12.10 Roberto Rodriquez
Evolution of Aggressive Behaviors in the blind Mexican cavefish
12.10-12.30 Francisca Leal
Genetic basis of metabolic specializations in the Mexican cavefish
12.30-13.40 Lunch Break
13.40-14.10 Alex Keene
Investigating the evolution and developmental plasticity of sleep and activity patterns in Lake Malawi cichlids
14.10-14.40 Michi Tobler
Extreme environments, natural complexity, and the predictability of evolution
14.40-15.10 German Sumbre
Principles of functional circuit connectivity: Insights from the zebrafish optic tectum
15.10-15.30 Sunishka Thakur
Understanding coping styles in a fish species with alternative reproductive tactics
15.30-16.00 Coffee Break
16.00-1700 Keynote 2: Dean A. Hendrickson
Curator of Ichthyology Biodiversity Collections (Texas Natural History Collections)


- Dinner on your own -


Wednesday 03/02/2022

Field trip
Natural Bridge Tavern and Glass Bottom Boat Tours
San Marcos Spring Lake Park

Departure at 9 am, return around 6 pm. Lunch included.


Thursday 03/03/2022

9-9.30 Suzanne McGaugh
Hybridization underlies localized trait evolution in cavefish
9.30-10.00 Luis Espinasa
Laterality in foraging behavior, reproductive seasonality, and other results from several multi-year, longitudinal studies in the field.
10.00-10.30 François Agnes
A 3D molecular map of the cavefish neural plate illuminates eyefield organization and its borders in vertebrates
10.30-11.00 Coffee Break
11.-11.30 Josh Gross
Towards an understanding of the developmental and genetic attributes of cranial variation in Astyanax cavefish
11.30-11.50 Amanda Powers
The genetic basis underlying jaw size differences in cavefish
11.50-12.10 Robert Kozol
Global and discrete mechanisms of evolution have transformed the shape and volume of cavefish brain regions.
12.10-12.30 Evan Loyd
Blind cavefish retain functional connectivity in the tectum despite loss of retinal input
12.30-14.00 Lunch Break
14.00-14.30 Megan Martik
Reactivation of the embryonic neural crest gene program during zebrafish cardiac regeneration
14.30-14.50 Varna Fernandes
Diversity of the Left-Right Asymmetry Evolution in the Sensory System and the Behavior output of Astyanax mexicanus
14.50-15.20 Daphne Soares
15.30 – 17.00 Workshops/Discussions

Banquet Paesanos Restaurant Riverwalk


Friday 03/04/2022