Australian Academy of Science
Boden Research Conference



Melbourne Museum
11 Nicholson Street
Carlton, Victoria, 3053
What's On

Evolutionary transformations in vertebrate history

This event will bring together top Australian and international scientists, students, and early career researchers to present the latest advancements in reconstructing evolutionary and ecological transitions at all levels and ages of vertebrate life, from DNA sequences and individual development, to within-species variation and the origins of new clades.

Lunch on Day 3 will be followed by two optional workshops led by keynote speakers, showcasing their scientific techniques in an applied framework. Participation in these workshops will be limited to 10-15 people each, filled on a first come-first serve basis.

The conference will end on Friday evening, 4 October, with a catered social event held at the Royal Society of Victoria’s Heritage building, where esteemed Australian palaeontologist John Long will give an informal talk on the significance of Australia’s fossil record in reconstructing the history of vertebrate life.

We accept talk submissions on a wide array of topics including ecology, paleontology, phylogenetics, adaptation, morphology, development, and biodiversity on ancient as well as living fauna.

Other participants are welcome to join, listen, and interact with our exciting speakers to learn more about the history of these fascinating animals.

If you wish to present a talk, please submit your abstract to Christy Hipsley at [email protected].

Registration and abstract submission ends on 31 August 2019.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Michael Coates, University of Chicago, USA
All change? The Devonian-Carboniferous boundary and the origin of modern vertebrate clades

Assistant Professor Graham Slater, University of Chicago, USA
Paleo-phylogenetic perspectives on morphological and ecological diversification in Cetacea

Dr. Daniel Thomas, Massey University, NZ
Towards resolving an adaptive landscape for penguins

Dr. Emma Sherratt, University of Adelaide, Australia
Reconstructing morphological evolution from complex phenotypes and Big Data

Professor Anjali Goswami, NHM/University College London, UK
From development to deep time: the consequences of phenotypic integration for vertebrate evolution

Dr. Hélène Morlon, CNRS, France
Phylogenetic approaches for understanding how biodiversity is distributed in space and time

Contact Dr Christy Hipsley with any questions – call 03 8341 7423 or email [email protected]