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Call for papers - Conservation genomics

Guest Editors

Mehrdad Hajibabaei, PhD, University of Guelph, Canada
Jazlyn Mooney, PhD, University of Southern California, USA

Arun Sethuraman, PhD, San Diego State University, USA
Josefin Stiller, PhD, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 21 February 2025

BMC Biology is calling for submissions to our Collection on Conservation genomics. With global biodiversity facing unprecedented threats from habitat loss, climate change, and human activities, understanding the genetic basis of species survival and adaptation is essential for effective conservation strategies.

This Collection welcomes submissions on genomic studies focused on demographic histories, population dynamics, and adaptive genetic variation in species facing threats.

Additionally, submissions focusing on applying genomic tools for monitoring invasive species, assessing the genetic impacts of human activities, and developing conservation strategies are highly valued.

New Content ItemThis Collection supports and amplifies research related to SDG 13: Climate Action, SDG 14: Life Below Water, and SDG 15: Life on Land.

Meet the Guest Editors

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Mehrdad Hajibabaei, PhD, University of Guelph, Canada & Founder and CSO, eDNAtec

Dr Hajibabaei is an Associate Professor at the University of Guelph, and a molecular evolutionary biologist with experience in ecological/environmental genomics and bioinformatics. He is interested in evolutionary processes at the genomic level and the use of sequence information to investigate biodiversity, ecosystems, and environmental change. Dr Hajibabaei's work spans from molecular evolutionary biology to technology and application development. He has led the use of high-throughput genomics technologies for the assessment of biodiversity in a variety of sample types and settings, and his research has contributed to the field of environmental genomics, DNA barcoding, metabarcoding, environmental DNA (eDNA), biomonitoring, and conservation. Dr Hajibabaei has served on advisory and review panels for major initiatives, international organizations, and major funding agencies.

Jazlyn Mooney, PhD, University of Southern California, USA

Jazlyn completed her undergraduate degree in Biology and Anthropology at the University of New Mexico where she studied human evolution. She completed her PhD in Human Genetics at UCLA in 2020. She was an NSF and CEHG postdoctoral research fellow in Stanford’s Biology department until January 2022. Jazlyn is currently a Gabilan Assistant Professor in the department of Quantitative and Computational Biology at USC, where she focuses on demographic inference and methods development in human and conservation genomics.

Arun Sethuraman, PhD, San Diego State University, USA

Dr Sethuraman is a theoretical and applied population geneticist whose research focuses on developing new statistical methods, software, and pipelines for estimating evolutionary history from large population genomic data. His lab is specifically interested in the genomics of structured populations, with ongoing methodological developments to estimate (1) population structure in the presence of missing genomic data, (2) signatures of linked natural selection versus adaptive introgression, (3) archaic introgression, and (4) relatedness in admixed populations. Dr Sethuraman's lab is currently also working on several applied genomics projects/products to study (a) the evolutionary history of domestication in hops (Humulus lupulus L.), (b) the genomics of invasiveness in introduced beneficial insects (e.g. Coccinellid beetles) and agricultural pests (e.g. pink stem borer moths), and (c) the evolution of modern human genomes in the face of "ghost" hybridization. Methods his lab recently developed include PPPInRelateIMa2pIMGui, and MULTICLUST.

Josefin Stiller, PhD, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Josefin Stiller investigates questions surrounding the evolutionary origins of animal biodiversity. After receiving a BSc from Free University Berlin and a MSc from Humboldt University Berlin, she obtained a PhD in Marine Biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego. She carried out postdoctoral studies at the University of Copenhagen in biodiversity genomics of birds as part of the Bird 10,000 Genome Project (B10K). With support from a Villum Young Investigator grant, her research group at University of Copenhagen studies phylogenomics, comparative genomics, and phylogeography, with a current focus on the evolution of seahorses, seadragons and pipefishes and their relatives.

About the Collection

BMC Biology is calling for submissions to our Collection on Conservation genomics. With global biodiversity facing unprecedented threats from habitat loss, climate change, and human activities, understanding the genetic basis of species survival and adaptation is essential for effective conservation strategies.

This Collection welcomes submissions on genomic studies focused on demographic histories, population dynamics, and adaptive genetic variation in species facing threats. Additionally, submissions focusing on applying genomic tools for monitoring invasive species, assessing the genetic impacts of human activities, and developing conservation strategies are highly valued.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

•    Identification of genomic regions associated with adaptive traits
•    Approaches to assess genetic diversity in fragmented or isolated populations
•    Tools and computational methods for monitoring invasive species
•    Integration of genomic data with ecological and environmental data
•    Studies of predator-prey relationships and symbiotic associations
•    Assessment of the genetic impact caused by habitat destruction and climate change on biodiversity
•    Conservation strategies based on genetic rescue
•    Species distribution models and landscape genomics to predict range contractions/expansions
•    Utility of forward-time population genomics in understanding adaptive evolution in response to anthropogenic pressures and global climate change
•    Combined inference from large population genomic databases
•    Computational methods to estimate inbreeding, relatedness, genetic load, and other measures of adaptive consequence
 

This Collection supports and amplifies research related to SDG 13: Climate Action, SDG 14: Life Below Water, and SDG 15: Life on Land.


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Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of original Research Articles. Should you wish to submit a different article type, please read our submission guidelines to confirm that type is accepted by the journal. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select "Conservation genomics" from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editor or Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.