Welcome to the virtual bi-weekly discussion group!

Welcome to the Virtual Genomic Social Hour!
Sign up for our mailing list to receive an invite, and join us every other Wenesday from 11 am–12:30 pm PDT. All are welcome!

The Virtual Genomic Social Hour is a creative way to stay connected while many of us shelter-in-place. We hope this series of weekly discussions will introduce groups with common interests, expand our networks, and cultivate potential collaborations.


Past seminar recordings

Check out the full playlist HERE


GSH 1 (4/3/20): RADseq and population genetics

GSH 2 (4/10/20): Microbiome and host-associated microbes

GSH 3 (4/17/20): Microbiome and microbes II

GSH 4 (4/24/20): Target capture and phylogenetics

GSH 5 (5/1/20): Target capture and phylogenetics II

GSH 6 (5/8/20): Long-read sequencing/Chromosome level Genomes

GSH 7 (5/15/20): Amplicon sequencing: metabarcoding, eDNA, gut content, etc.

GSH 8 (5/22/20): Amplicon II

GSH 9 (5/29/20): RNA-seq 

GSH 10 (6/5/20): RADseq II

GSH 11 (6/12/20): RADseq III-- Capture based RAD

GSH 12 (6/19/20): Microbiome III

GSH 13 (6/26/20): Open topic

GSH 14 (7/10/20): Open topic

GSH 15 (7/17/20): Open topic

GSH 16 (7/24/20): Open topic

GSH 17 (9/2/20): Evolution of Female Castes in Ants

GSH 18 (9/16/20): Ancient DNA

GSH 19 (9/30/20): Genomic approaches to understanding coral resistance and resilience

GSH 20 (10/14/20): NGS-ing in the field : Genomics from deep jungles and deep seas

GSH 21 (10/28/20): Museum based Scientist in COVID research

GSH 22 (11/11/20): Natural History Collections in Evolutionary Ecology

GSH 23 (12/9/20): Genomics and Phylogeography of Cavefishes

GSH 24 (1/20/21): Evolution of those around us: Genomics of commensalism and Urban Evolution

GSH 25(2/3/21): GSH Career Panel

GSH 26(2/17/21): Host-parasite Genomics



Upcoming seminars

GSH 24 (1/20/21): Evolution of those around us: Genomics of commensalism and Urban Evolution

GSH 25(2/3/21): TBD

GSH 26(2/17/21): Host-parasite Genomics

GSH 27 (3/3/21): Finding a balance: Niche and neutral processes together govern microbial community structure

GSH 28 (3/17/21): CAS Genomic research update

GSH 29 (3/31/21): Birds

GSH 30 (4/14/21): TBD

GSH 31 (4/28/21): Island Lineage Evolution in the Genomics era

GSH 32 (5/12/21): Tentitive:Adaptive radiation and genomics


Participating institutions


  • California Academy of Sciences
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Stanford University
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • San Francisco State University
  • Santa Barbara Botanical Garden
  • California State University San Bernardino​​​​​​

Other US states

  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Arizona State University
  • Auburn University
  • Bishop museum (Hawaii)
  • Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Fordham University
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • New York University
  • Oregon State University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Texas Medical Center
  • The City University of New York
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Vermont
  • University of Washington
  • Virginia Tech
  • Northwestern University
  • Drexel University
  • Texas Tech University
  • Yale University

Latin America

  • National Autonomous University (Mexico)
  • Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina)
  • Pontifical Catholic University (Chile)
  • University of San Carlos (Guatemala)
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica (Ecuador)
  • Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador)
  • University of São Paulo (Brazil)
  • Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi (Brazil)
  • Federal University of Paraná (Brazil)
  • Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil)
  • Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Brazil)
  • Universidade Federal de São Carlos (Brazil)
  • Universidade Federal do Acre (Brazil)
  • Universidade Federal do Pará (Brazil)
  • Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)


  • Aarhus University (Denmark)
  • Geneva Natural History Museum (Swizerland)
  • Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (Swizerland)
  • Trier University (Germany)
  • Universidade de Aveiro (Portugal)
  • University of Bristol (UK)
  • University of Greifswald (Germany)
  • University of Oldenburg (Germany)
  • Uppsala University (Sweden)


  • Okinawa Institute of Science & Technology (Japan)
  • Kunming University of Science and Technology (China)
  • Kyushu Imperial University (Japan)
  • University of Mindanao (Philippines)

Want to see your institution on this list? Sign up here. Questions or need more information? Contact Athena Lam at alam@calacademy.org.

About the Center for Comparative Genomics

The Center for Comparative Genomics (CCG) was established in 2008 and is the Academy's core genomics and sequencing center.