SICB Annual Meeting 2016
January 3-7, 2016
Oregon Convention Center - Portland, OR

Symposium: Tapping the Power of Crustacean Transcriptomes to Address Grand Challenges in Comparative Biology

The NSF’s “Genomes to Phenomes (G2P)” initiative is identifying key questions, such as how genetic mechanisms produce more fit phenotypes (adaptive evolution) and how genotype affects non-linear or non-additive molecular changes to produce a different phenotype. There is an emerging consensus behind the need to understand the mechanisms that govern the genome to phenome continuum, which requires integration across all levels of biological organization. As the product of the genome, a transcriptome is a key driver of phenotype and thus serves as a vital link between genes and the environment. Transcriptomics, using high-throughput sequencing (RNA-Seq) technologies, has the potential to achieve greater integration of genetics with organismal adaptation and evolution. The program is focussed on how RNA-Seq is used to study stress responses, diapause, molting and growth, limb regeneration, immunity, reproduction, peptidergic signaling in the nervous system, and evolution.

Sponsors: TCS, DCE, DCPB, DEDB, DIZ, and DNB


  • Donald Mykles, Colorado State University
  • Karen Burnett, Grice Marine Laboratory and College of Charleston
  • David Durica, University of Oklahoma
  • Jonathon Stillman, San Francisco State University


S11.1 Thursday, Jan. 7, 08:00 JOHNSON, Jillian G.*; BURNETT, Louis E.; BURNETT, Karen G.: Alternative approaches to building transcriptomes can impact differential gene expression analyses in crustaceans exposed to high CO2 and low O2.

S11.2 Thursday, Jan. 7, 08:30 ARMSTRONG, EJ*; STILLMAN, JH: Transcriptomic response to environmental stress in porcelain crabs.

S11.3 Thursday, Jan. 7, 09:00 TARRANT, AM*; BAUMGARTNER, MF; LYSIAK, NSJ; HANSEN, BH; ALTIN, D; NORDTUG, T; OLSEN, AJ: Transcriptomics of diapause and lipid accumulation in the marine copepod Calanus finmarchicus

S11.4 Thursday, Jan. 7, 10:00 DURICA, D.S.*; DAS, S.: Ecdysteroid control of limb regeneration and growth in the fiddler crab Uca pugilator using transcriptomics

S11.5 Thursday, Jan. 7, 10:30 DAS, S*; DURICA, D.S.; MYKLES, D.L.: Transcriptomics of signaling gene networks controlling the activity of the crustacean molting gland

S11.6 Thursday, Jan. 7, 11:00 CLARK, K.F.*; GREENWOOD, S.J.: Transcriptomic approaches to host-pathogen-environment interactions for the American lobster Homarus americanus

S11.7 Thursday, Jan. 7, 11:30 POWELL, D*; KNIBB, W; ELIZUR, A: Transcriptomic analysis of hepatopancreas tissue from families of farmed banana shrimp (Fenneropenaeus merguiensis) that exhibit differing levels of hepatopancreatic parvo-like virus resistance.

S11.8 Thursday, Jan. 7, 13:30 CHANDLER, J.C*; AIZEN, J.; ELIZUR, A.; BATTAGLENE, S.C.; VENTURA, T.: Understanding a crustacean's masculinity: Transcriptomics of the Eastern rock lobster

S11.9 Thursday, Jan. 7, 14:00 HAVIRD, J.C.*; MITCHELL, R.T.; HENRY, R.P.: Gill-specific salinity response in the blue crab and developing a comprehensive multi-species gill transcriptome

S11.10 Thursday, Jan. 7, 14:30 CHRISTIE, A.E.: Analyses of crustacean peptidergic signaling systems using high-throughput transcriptome sequencing

S11.11 Thursday, Jan. 7, 15:00 SANTOS, Scott R.: Evolutionary physiology of euryhalinity and developmental transcriptomics in anchialine crustaceans