Participants

ESTACIÓN BIOLÓGICA DE DOÑANA-CSIC

The Herrera Lab, within EBD-CSIC, is interested, among other things, on the ecological epigenetics of plants. They are trying to elucidate the role of epigenetic changes in ecological adaptation and evolutionary change through its contribution to phenotypic variation of wild plants and their functional responses to rapid environmental changes (http://www.plant-animal.es/index_lab.html).

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA

The Richards Lab, within USF, uses genomics and epigenetics approaches to understand how organisms respond to the environment. This includes understanding how plants are able to respond to natural selection in stressful environments looking for the ecological factors that are important, the physiology that underlies response to environment and the (epi)genetic basis of that response (http://ecologicalepigenetics.com/).

University of Vienna

The Core Facility Cell Imaging and Ultrastructure Research from the University of Vienna consists of a microscopy facility which, among other lines, focuses on the study of the reactions of living cells to mechanical injury, biotic and abiotic chemicals, heavy metals and osmotic stress. This shall improve the understanding of cell signalling, cell-to-cell communication, and stress defense mechanisms (https://cius.univie.ac.at/home10/).

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. M. Teresa Boquete obtained her PhD in the field of biomonitoring of atmospheric heavy metals deposition using terrestrial mosses, within the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain). She is currently interested in the use of next-generation tools (RNAseq, epiGBS) for the study of local adaptation in bryophytes living in challenging environments.

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